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Posted 2003-09-09 Print this article Print

Tay Yoshitani graduated the United States Military Academy and the Harvard Business School, the West Point of American capitalism. Is that enough to ensure the safety of a California harbor?

Oakland Ray
Boyle General Manager,
Maritime Operations,
Port of Oakland
Sept. 11 put Boyle in charge of security. A 30-year veteran of the port, nobody knows the facility, employees, customers and partners better than Boyle. With a longshoreman's build, Boyle is an even-tempered administrator who uses persuasion and imagination to pursue federal grants and find space to locate Customs screening-equipment in the right places.

Tay Yoshitani
Executive Director,
Port of Oakland

Yoshitani has made port security his number-one priority—and needs money to get there. He's a graduate of the United States Military Academy, with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration—which seems to be a basis to get the job done.

K.C. Hau
Chief Technology Officer,
Port of Oakland

Hau is trying hard to back Boyle's security efforts, and is ready to install servers to support a new ADT security system. He keeps his perspective by teaching Tai Chi. "You can practice three days and still have no results," he says. "Western culture has a focus on instant gratification."

Tom O'Brien
Director, Office of Field Operations,
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection,
San Francisco

He helped Oakland grapple with newfound security issues for almost two years. But O'Brien retired Aug. 9. He is now advising small and medium businesses on how to get expedited service from Customs.

Commander Greg Phillips
U.S. Coast Guard,

Working out of a cubicle in cramped offices on Coast Guard Island, Phillips has been instrumental in getting the Oakland Police Department, Alameda Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to plan improvements in port security.

Sen. Ernest Hollings
D-South Carolina

He wrote and introduced the Port and Maritime Security Act, which calls for greater coordination between government agencies—including the Coast Guard, Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and local port authorities—to implement seaport safety measures. But he is retiring.

Robert Bonner
U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

Often seen traveling to the ports with Tom Ridge, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Bonner heads the agency that houses many of the key data repositories that intelligence, law enforcement and port security officials rely on to keep bombs, terrorists and other threats out.

Charles Armstrong
Executive Director,
Customs and Border Protection Modernization Office,
U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

In 1999, Armstrong became the chief architect responsible for updating Customs' massive, balky information system.

Thomas H. Collins
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

As Vice Commandant, he created the Innovation Council, which has promoted the automation of Coast Guard operations—such as giving boarding parties handheld computers for writing and sending reports to Coast Guard databases.Collins says he is committed to finding ways to make the Coast Guard more effective through new technologies.

Rear Admiral
Larry Hereth
Director of Port Security,
U.S. Coast Guard

Once the top Coast Guard official at the Port of San Francisco, this straight-talker now leads the Guard's efforts to forge a coordinated national seaport defense, using both local and national resources .


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