MPS Doubles-Up in Latest Homeland Security Book Series

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By being the only private firm invited to author 2 separate chapters, for the latest Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security Series, MPS has chalked up another industry first.

Eighth in the series, this volume: Transportation Security represents a collaboration - with 14 contributing authors, including its editor Dr. Clifford R. Bragdon, Dean of the University College at Florida Institute of Technology - that fills a unique niche for homeland security readership. The book can readily serve as a "one-stop primer" for professionals in the private and public sectors - along with establishing an important position at colleges and universities for both undergraduate and graduate curriculums in national preparedness, disaster response /recovery and homeland security.

Approaching the tasks of: understanding the issues, managing the complexity of their relationships and dealing with both historical and institutional impediments is accomplished masterfully though a diverse, refreshing and interdisciplinary perspective that this unique collective body of contributors brought to light.

For their individual parts, John Bennett, President of MPS and Dr. Bob Sewak, Vice President of Education and Special Projects took on the task, of synthesizing two of the most complex and daunting subjects affecting the maritime component of transportation security: Maritime Security; and, Intermodal Transport Security Technology, respectively.

It is interesting to note that they independently crafted these two worthy, well researched and objective chapters - one wall away from each other. And, over the months of writing, editing and re-writing, neither had any idea of the other topic or had read any of the other's work, until after the book's publication. How's that for "security?"

And as Dr. Bragdon, offered in his Acknowledgments: "Lastly, I want to thank all of the authors who contributed chapters for their hard work and insight into the subject of this book. It was truly a team effort." And, the MPS team adds another first to its list.

In Other News: MPS has scheduled 2 more opportunities to attend their unique updated Combined Maritime Security Officer's Course -- APRIL 21st thru 24th and JUNE 2nd thru 5th. Space is limited and you are encouraged to call today for particulars. This Course combines the best of their successful maritime security courses for Port and Facility Security Officers and Company and Ship/Vessel Security Officers that they have been offering since 2004. While this course provides a regulatory overview of maritime security requirements applicable to ship, company, and (port) facility security officers, its main purpose is to impart state-of-the-art information, techniques, and tools for the constant development and implementation of efficient and compliant maritime security. Here in the U.S., requirements of USCG regulations are emphasized and supplemented with those of the ISPS Code, where differences exist.

Remember: By attending one of these courses and successfully completing it… obtaining the STCW VSO endorsement (required for more ocean-going voyages as of July 1, 2009) from the Coast Guard will be as easy as: completing the application (which they will give you); making a copy of the certificate and either mailing, faxing or sending them by messenger to a local regional exam center (REC). As a result of centralization; however, the application and certificate will actually be processed and printed in West Virginia, at the National Maritime Center (NMC). They'll process and reissue the STCW-95 certificate, with the security endorsement, at no charge.
If you've got questions… want more information… or need some assistance with Maritime Security Matters - Call them, that's why they're there and that's what they do.

More about MPS…
MPS specializes in US and international maritime security regulatory compliance consulting and training. They have earned the coveted designation of Recognized Security Organization (RSO) under the ISPS Code from three countries (Greece, Malta, and Nigeria). MPS has been audited by Bureau Veritas, a leading classification society in the maritime industry, and has been approved and registered as a Maritime Security Consultant for the ISPS Code. Their MTSA and ISPS Code training courses for maritime security officers have been approved and certified by agencies of the US and UK governments and, uniquely, earn attendees Continuing Education Units through our strategic alliance with Florida Institute of Technology, a university recognized worldwide for its leadership and innovation in technical education. MPS has developed ISPS compliant security plans for port facilities and ships around the world, as well as MTSA compliant security plans in the United States. They have conducted security audits and led mandatory drills and exercises for a variety of clients. One measure of their adaptability is their development of specialized training for groups ranging from senior management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to police in the United Kingdom, to waterborne security personnel at Bath Iron Works.

Their experts have extensive maritime security experience and come from backgrounds in the military, including Special Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard, and law enforcement. MPS staff includes certified ISPS Code auditors, certified Ship, Company, and Port Facility Security Officers, and individuals who have been recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and are now registered on the IMO Panel of Experts. The IMO has repeatedly tapped their personnel to conduct its "national needs" assessments of various countries' ISPS Code implementation programs, as well as to train local ISPS Code course instructors to IMO standards.

To learn more about MPS: the company, its programs and its services… visit their website at: or Contact them by calling: US 1-561-330-2020. For more information about Florida Institute of Technology you can visit their website at: or contact them directly by calling: 321/674-8880


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