Maritime Infrastructure Protection (MIP) focuses on protecting the points of origin and destinations of shipping. Security from "port to port" ensures that threats to shipping and commerce are not only a consideration while operating at sea, but begin where goods and people embark on their journey through the global commons that are international shipping lanes.
To effect these changes, the international community employs a variety of forces--such as shore and harbor patrol craft; visit, board, search and seizure teams; and helicopter support to name a few--to prevent violent extremist threats from affecting the flow of goods and services.
During IMCMEX, U.S. and international partners will be practicing MIP techniques by exercising harbor security forces, VBSS teams, small boat operators, helicopter crews, and embarked staff aboard afloat staging bases to better coordinate with each other and to hone their skills for future exercises or to utilize in the event of a crisis.
In addition to the at-sea MIP activities, there will be an international symposium that will serve as a forum to exchange ideas and discuss new developments in infrastructure protection techniques. Information dedicated to the MIP Symposium can be found on this page.