CREATE-USCG Maritime Risk Symposium

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center and the University of Southern California’s (USC) National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) once again have partnered on the fifth Maritime Risk Symposium (MRS). The theme this year’s event held on November 18 & 19, 2014 was “Worldwide Chokepoints and Maritime Risks."

The symposium was held on the USC campus and included traditional lectures and presentations, innovation talks, panel session discussions with experts, and hands-on exercises in decision-making.The symposium featured extended breaks to enable in-depth discussions among participants, and hands-on demonstrations of tools, models and technologies and an optional field trip to the Marine Exchange & Vessel Traffic Service in San Pedro.


November 18, 2014 – University of Southern California

Town & Gown (TGF) • 665 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

7:30 Registration & Breakfast

8:00 Symposium Welcome by Isaac Maya, Director of Research, CREATE, USC

8:10 Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Matt Clark, Director, Office of University Programs

8:15 – 8:45 Keynote: Vice Admiral Charles Michel, Deputy Commandant for Operations, USCG

8:45 – 9:45 Expert Panel: High Latitude Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities [Bering Strait (US/Russia), North Sea Route (Russia), Inside Passage (Canada), Polar Chokepoints]

Moderator: Dr. Derek Reveron, Director of Security Strategies, Naval War College

Captain David (Duke) Snider, Vice President, The Nautical Institute, and CEO and Principal Consultant, Martech Polar Consulting Ltd. 

Dr. Helena Wisniewski, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Dean of the Graduate School, University of Alaska Anchorage 

Commander Ken Boda, Executive Officer, USCGC POLAR STAR

9:45 – 10:15 Long Demo and Networking Break 

10:15 – 10:30 Innovation Talk: “Maritime Risk – A View from the Ports", Cosmo Perrone, Principal, Cosmo Perrone & Associates, former Director of Security for the Port of Long Beach 

10:30 – 10:45 Plenary: Vice Admiral Charles Ray, Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, USCG 

10:45 – 11:45 Expert Panel: Global Maritime Transport / Supply Chain Security 

Moderator: Captain Bruce Clark, Director, Maritime Security Projects, California Maritime Academy

Paul Londynsky, Matson Navigation Company 

Bill Nickson,Transmarine Navigation Corporation 

Kevin Krick, American President Lines 

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch, Demos and Keynote: Threats to Maritime Chokepoints, Norman Polmar, internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author specializing in the naval, aviation, and intelligence areas 

12:45 – 1:00 Break, Demos and Book Signing: Book (1) Project Azorian and (2) Ship of Gold 

1:00 – 2:00 Expert Panel: Maritime Economic and Insurance Risk Impacts 

Moderator: Commander Holly Harrison, National Security Affairs Fellow, Hoover 

Institute, Stanford 

CAPT Michael Bee, Deputy Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) 

Dr. Adam Rose, USC, CREATE 

CAPT Richard Timme, Commander, Sector Ohio Valley 

William H. Watson, Vice President & Governor, Maritime Security Council

2:00 – 3:00 Expert Panel: Risk Perception and Communication: The Art of Social Behavior Impact Analysis/Social Media and Maritime Risk Indication and Warning? 

Moderator: Dr. William Burns, CREATE 

Dr. Henry Willis, RAND Corporation 

Dr. Richard John, USC, CREATE

Dr. Ed Hovy Carnegie Mellon University, Language Technologies Institute 

3:00 – 3:15 Short Break 

3:15 – 4:15 Expert Panel: Maritime Cyber Policy 

Moderator: Ms. Tiffany Jones, iSIGHT Partners 

Captain Peter Crain, Canadian Forces 

Dr. Michael Orosz, CREATE/ISI, USC 

CAPT David Moskoff, Professor, USMMA 

4:15 – 4:30 Innovation Talk: Predictive Analytics Model for Maritime Smuggling, Alex Carrillo, Lead Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center 

4:30 – 5:00 Keynote: Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. Arctic Issues 

6:00 – 8:00 Reception – USC University Club, Business Casual 

November 19, 2014 – University of Southern California 

Town & Gown (TGF) • 665 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089 

7:30 Registration & Breakfast 

8:00 Welcome and Recap of Day 1 by Dr. Paul Shapiro, Chief Science and Technology Advisor, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) 

8:10 Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker by CAPT Ed Westfall, CO, CGC BOUTWELL 

8:15 – 8:45 Keynote: Dealing with Maritime Risk Uncertainty, Rear Admiral Thomas Cropper,  President, California Maritime Academy

8:45 – 9:45 Expert Panel: Future Tech with Potential Maritime Impacts, 

Moderator: Dr. Nicole Drumhiller, Program Director, American 
Military University 

Ms. Meggan Schoenberger, Office of Naval Research, Science Advisor to Naval Warfare Development Command 

LT Joseph DiRenzo, Operations Officer, USCGC BOUTWELL, Fulbright Scholar 

Mr. Michael Jones, The Maritime Alliance 

Dr. Randolph Nichols, Head, Mission Management Office Naval Research Laboratory 

9:45 – 10:00 Innovation Talk: Private Anti-Piracy Navies, John-Clark Levin, Author 

10:00 – 10:30 Book signing, Private Anti-Piracy Navies / Break 

10:30 – 11:30 Expert Panel: Low Latitude Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities, [Panama Canal, Straits of Malacca and Singapore, U.S. Western Rivers, Equatorial/Mid-Latitude Chokepoints] 

Moderator: Vice Admiral (ret.) Robert Parker 

Captain Shep Smith, NOAA 

Dr. David Alderson, Associate Professor, Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School 

Commander Jason Tama, USCG Fellow at Brookings

11:30 – 1:00 Networking / MRS Adjourn / No-Host lunch 

Optional Marine Exchange Tour: Captain Louttit of the Marine Exchange (MX) has offered MRS attendees a visit and tours of the MX and Vessel Traffic System (VTS) after the Symposium adjourns.