In September 2011, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) sponsored a comprehensive two-week Commercial Maritime Shipping Industry and Port Operations Training Course (CMPOC) in Reston, VA. The training curriculum was built upon specified requirements presented by NCIS and administered by intelligence professionals from McMunn Associates, Incorporated; a wholly owned subsidiary of Parsons. CMPOC is designed to close knowledge gaps among government intelligence and law enforcement personnel on how the global maritime transportation system operates.
The two-week CMPOC curriculum involves presentations by academic experts, shipping industry business leaders, and government program managers involved in port and cargo security activities. Topics include freight logistics and management, port authorities, customs brokers and shipping agents, international regulatory organizations and labor unions, marine insurance, and maritime law. Classroom training is augmented with site visits to both commercial and military port facilities in Hampton Roads providing students an opportunity to examine in person many of the shipping and port operations topics discussed in class. Of note, CMPOC is identified as a proposed solution in the MDA Interagency Solutions Analysis (IASA) 1.0 Report, which was published by the National MDA Coordination Office (NMCO) in January 2011.Continue Reading →