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"There may be a Maritime UDOP (User Defined Operational Picture) needed for the Navy, Coast Guard and other federal agencies," says James. "There may be one needed for a port authority and one needed for a shipping company. A commercial company may want to use it to monitor what's going on and also for operations and maintenance."
He also says it's important that the users of the system also be able to have access to some amount of common information for situations "unfolding in real time." James spoke earlier this month at the Navy League's annual Sea-Air- Space Symposium.
If successful, MIDAS would help U.S. maritime authorities fill a void in integrated maritime domain awareness that stems from a lack of widespread coordination among interested federal, state, local and industry officials. So far there have been few attempts at such comprehensive coordination.
For the past few years the Department of Justice (DoJ) has maintained a unified command center called SeaHawk at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, which combines federal, state, and local law enforcement entities. However, DoJ hopes to get congressional approval this year to transfer responsibility for SeaHawk to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). After that, DHS will evaluate whether to continue the pilot project along with other port security projects on its merits.
A briefing slide that James displayed showed five main component products that tie into the MIDAS Suite, some of which were previously developed by Lockheed Martin. They include: