On December 21, 2004, President Bush signed
the National Strategy for Maritime Security
(HSPD-13). Now, working groups from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security have prepared draft implementation plans for various aspects of the strategy. Stakeholder input is sought with regard to: Maritime Transportation System Security (MTSS); Maritime Commerce Security (MCS); and Maritime Infrastructure Recovery (MIR). The Maritime Security Policy is a work in progress, with strategy and implementing requirements being developed in tandem. Stakeholder input now is important so that things come out right the first time.