The US Department of Homeland Security announced grant allocations for fiscal year 2016 including fund for its Port Security Grant Program with the aim to protect US ports from possible terror attacks.
US Government decided to provide a fund of a $100 million to the program to help protect critical port infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.
The purpose of the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) is to directly support maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP funds are intended to improve port-wide maritime security risk management, enhance maritime domain awareness, support maritime security training and exercises, and to maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities. PSGP investments must address U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) identified vulnerabilities in port security and support the prevention, protection against, response to, and recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IED) and other non-conventional weapons.
Source: US DHS