The National Security Policy 2004, “Securing an Open Society”, first introduced the need for robust Marine Security Operations Centres to meet both marine and national security challenges of the 21st century. The federal policy was published in 2004 in the wake of the 9/11 terror attack on the United States and new asymmetrical threats to the safety and security of Canada and her citizens.
The Coastal Marine Security Operations Centres (MSOC) Project is a Treasury Board mandated interdepartmental project involving partner agencies which have a critical role in Canada's marine security. The Partners include Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Canadian Coast Guard (DFO/CCG), Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Transport Canada (TC).
The Project, which is led by the Department of National Defence, was established on November 1, 2005 and will be officially closed on March 31, 2016.
The Project has allowed the partner agencies to work together to significantly augment the collective Maritime Domain Awareness necessary to support collective National Security from our seaward approaches. It ensures that Canada will be alert and prepared to respond effectively to current and future security threats. The MSOC Project distinguished itself through the highly effective manner in which five major departments and agencies that share a role in Canada’s marine security collaborate to provide a state-of-the-art security watch over risks to Canada’s maritime interests.
The Project worked in close cooperation with Shared Services Canada, the federal agency responsible for transforming the government’s information technology infrastructure. The Project team also worked in close cooperation with various DND/CAF Information Technology organizations. This was the first-ever integrated project partnership of such magnitude and serves as a model for future federal information technology projects.
The Project also led the way in collaboration with the private sector through design and implementation of cutting-edge systems that access, gather and share Maritime Domain Awareness information efficiently in an automated, secure manner. These tools include the Microsoft SharePoint-based MSOC Information Portal - a secure web-based system that shares pertinent information; PAE Inc. Vessel Selection System application that allows detailed analysis of vessels-of-interest; the National Maritime Picture, a situational awareness tool that displays positional and contextual information about vessels displayed on the ESRI Canada ArcGIS Geographic Information System (GIS) maps; and Microsoft`s Fusion/SharePoint, Dynamic Customer Relationship Management-based Maritime Interest Management tool that permits maritime interest work flow and file management.
The Coastal MSOC Project Office located in Ottawa, Ontario will be closed on 31 March 2016. The Project fulfilled its mandate to staff and equip two Coastal MSOCs, one on the Atlantic coast and one on the Pacific coast, with the personnel, state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf information technology, integrated information management/information technology, and physical infrastructure to allow them to carry out their marine security mission.
The Project achieved all of its objectives with the physical delivery of MSOC System Full Operational Capability to both MSOCs on protected information technology infrastructure on 15 December 2014 and to both MSOCs on classified information technology infrastructure on 30 June 2015; the Coastal MSOC partners declaring Full Operational Capability acceptance on 10 December 2015; and the Marine Security Operations Centres Full Operational Capability Certificate being signed by Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander Royal Canadian Navy as Project Sponsor on behalf of all MSOC partners on 25 January 2016.
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