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The National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (Academy or NMLEA) is a non-profit member-driven organization, that provides assessment, evaluation, training, research, education and consulting services to the professionals that patrol, protect and preserve our nation’s rivers, bays, harbors, lakes, ports and coastlines.



Following a vision and the leadership of Admiral Owen Siler, a former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) was established in 2000 to fill a capabilities gap that continues to effect law enforcement and emergency response operations on the water all across America. The NMLEA (and the International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy or IMLEA) provides education, training, exercises, consultation and resources for law enforcement personnel, emergency responders and public safety professionals, as well as for the critical infrastructure industries located on or near the maritime environment.



July 28, 2020

Kennedy Space Center, FL, July 28, 2020 – The Maritime & Port Security ISAO (MPS-ISAO), the Maritime ISAC, the Maritime Security Council (MSC), and the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA) today announced a collaborative initiative, the “Maritime Security Resilience Alliance” that has unified advancing global Maritime security resilience (physical, cyber, cognitive – disinformation/misinformation) by accelerating information sharing, coordinated response and adoption of best practice supported by education.

“Maritime global security protection requires a public and private-sector ‘whole-of-community’ effort, utilizing and leveraging the full strength of our collective knowledge, tools and technologies to address a changing and expanding threat landscape,” said Mark DuPont, Executive Director of the NMLEA. 

Together, the MPS-ISAO, Maritime ISAC, MSC, and NMLEA have integrated an all-hazards security threat intelligence common operating picture (COP) for public and private maritime owners and operators, supported by analysis, global information sharing communications and response coordination, education, training, exercises, risk management, security investigation and mitigation support, as well as maritime advocacy representation with national and international government and regulatory agencies.

“Strategic alliances such as the Maritime ISAC, MSC, MPS-ISAO and NMLEA, are essential to enabling and sustaining security resilience protection for maritime critical infrastructure owners and operators”, said Deborah Kobza, MPS-ISAO CEO. “This is a significant milestone advancing the unity-of-effort for global maritime all-hazards security threat intelligence information sharing and response coordination.’”


“By joining forces, the Maritime Security Resilience Alliance creates a single unified security infrastructure, engaging leadership across the maritime domain’s critical infrastructure,” said Will Watson, the MSC’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “The Alliance is a defining voice to confront security challenges and to benefit from “actionable” all-hazards global threat intelligence and provide defensive measures from information sharing, coordinated response, best practice and education.”


Maritime Security Resilience: Learn Why Zero Trust Connectivity is Critical           

June 17, 2020

June 24, 2PM EDT — Mark your calendar!


Maritime is an essential component of our global transportation critical infrastructure, including national defense and commerce. From shipping to port operations, transportation digital connections and edge/end-point devices (e.g. internet of things (“IoT”)) are increasing the cyber-attack surface. And in this pandemic period, the attack surface increases even more with our exponentially growing remote connections.


So what do we do? How does an organization shrink the attack surface by simplifying the connection process to all applications (set it up in less than 15 minutes), while reducing overhead… and do it with a low cost of entry?


The NMLEA, in partnership with the Maritime & Port Security ISAO will be presenting a webinar that discusses how an agile, reliable, secure and simple solution can be applied to your port environment… at no cost. That’s right. As part of the partnership forged by the NMLEA and the Maritime & Port Security ISAO, and as contribution to our maritime stakeholders, learn how a Zero Trust network can be up and running in as little as 15 minutes, at no cost through July 2020.


Register for this free webinar by clicking here, and learn how you can have a Zero Trust Network set up in your port-ecosystem, for free!

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA, US, June 16, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The Maritime & Port Security ISAO (MPS-ISAO), the Information Sharing & Analysis Center (ISAC) for the global Maritime Critical Infrastructure since 2016, announced today a strategic partnership with NetFoundry™, the leader in providing networking solutions purposely-built to meet requirements for agility, cost-effectiveness, performance and security. This partnership helps support Maritime and Port owners and operators to operationalize a "Zero Trust" model for improving network security and access by the growing number of connected devices.

Accepting Nominations - for Maritime Domain Awareness Excellence

February 25, 2020

Now until March 6th, 2020, the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office is accepting nominations for the Law Enforcement - Maritime Doman Awareness Executive Steering Committee (MDA ESC) Excellence Award.

NMIO will be presenting two Law Enforcement MDA ESC Excellence Awards this year. One will be presented at the Maritime Security East Conference in Miami, 4-5 May to a person/organization that have made a significant contribution to improving the effective understanding of the maritime domain in the area of responsibility for Florida.

The other Law Enforcement MDA ESC Excellence award will be presented at the IALEA conference in Dallas, 4-8 May to a person/organization that have made a significant contribution to improving the effective understanding of the maritime domain in the United States and its territories.

Award Background:

In support of the stated goals of the National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan (NMDAP), the National MDA Executive Steering Committee establishes an annual national level maritime domain awareness award program “MDA ESC Excellence Award” to recognize exemplary stakeholder members of the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI), whose accomplishments have made a significant contribution to improving the effective understanding of the maritime domain in the United States and its territories. This includes the US Federal interagency, US Intelligence Community (IC), state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies, international partners, academia, and maritime industry.

To nominate someone, contact Michelle Green at michelle.l.green2@navy.mil or the NMLEA at info@nmlea.org.

$100M Available through the Port Security Grant Program!

February 24, 2020

The Department of Homeland Security has announced its grant programs for 2020, and among them is the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). $100 Million will be available, and an overview of the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) can be found by clicking here.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Deadlines: April 8th for initial application, and April 15th, 2020 at 5:00 PM for final application.

  • There is a cost share requirement, 25% for public sector, 50% for public sector.

  • Cost share requirement is waived for training of law enforcement agencies in security zone enforcement, or for applications totaling $25,000 or less.

  • Priority Areas: Enhancing Cybersecurity ; Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets and Crowded Places; Training and Awareness; Planning; Addressing Emerging Threats, such as Transnational Criminal Organizations, WMD and UAS

  • Eligible Applicants: All entities subject to an Area Maritime Security Plan


Note that a lot of things have to happen in order for your application to go through, so feel free to reach out to the NMLEA (info@nmlea.org) for guidance and assistance in your process. We have experienced PSGP professionals that help you navigate!

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