Adm. James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

On February 3, 2005, the day after President Bush's State of the Union Address, DomPrep's John Morton, James D. Hessman, and Martin Masiuk visited with retired Coast Guard Admiral James M. Loy, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), at his headquarters in Washington.

Admiral Loy addresses the soon-to-be released National Cargo Security Strategy:

  • overall cargo security strategy 
  • when it will be released 
  • cargo security standards and best practices 
  • making the return on investment (RoI) case for implementing security technologies and procedures 
  • risk management and the review process for port security grants 

Admiral Loy discussing the National Response Plan (NRP):

  • how DHS and homeland security stakeholders put the NRP together 
  • the interface with state, local and tribal governments and the private sector 

Admiral Loy talks about the organizational structure provided by the NRP:

  • Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC) 
  • National Infrastructure Coordinating Center (NICC) 
  • National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) 
  • Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) 
  • Joint Field Office (JFO) 
  • Principal Federal Office (PFO) 
  • Interagency Incident Management Group (IIMG) 

Admiral Loy speaks the NRP and training:

  • private sector input to preparedness response and planning 
  • NRP training modules 
  • NRP Web Site for further information 

Thanks to the staff of Acting Secretary Admiral Loy, and especially Kathleen Montgomery for making this interview possible.