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Maritime Logistics and Security Program


The Maritime Logistics and Security Program is offered effective with the class of 2017 and beyond. The principal objective of the Maritime Logistics and Security Program is to provide midshipmen with the knowledge and skills required to manage complex maritime and intermodal supply chains and to assist in addressing the security challenges facing the marine transportation system. This goal is achieved through an integrated program of study and experiential learning, the cornerstone of which is an academic major that builds on the Academy’s traditional maritime core competencies.

Key themes of the major are the role of ports and marine transportation in logistics and transportation systems, the development of a systematic view of vessel and facility security, inculcation of a risk-based decision-making perspective, and the effective application of information technology.

Core Courses

Midshipmen who elect this major take the same core courses in Nautical Science, Maritime Business, and general education (math, science, and humanities) as do midshipmen in the Marine Transportation major.  They must also fulfill the requirements for a U.S. Coast Guard license as Third Mate.

Required courses specific to the Maritime Logistics and Security major include Integrated Logistics Management, Port and Terminal Operations, Vessel Security Officer/Company Security Officer (VSO/CSO), Maritime Security Research Seminar, Chartering and Brokerage, and the Capstone Project Seminar.

Emphasis of Major

The major emphasizes the development of oral and written communications capabilities through written reports and formal presentations. Problem-solving and teamwork skills are enhanced through case studies and applied research projects for outside organizations that focus on real-world tasks identified through the program’s extensive industry outreach efforts.  Independent certification of professional competency through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics is an attractive optional component of the program. A guest lecture series brings prominent industry figures to the Academy to discuss current issues and challenges in the maritime logistics and security fields.
Career opportunities for graduates of the Maritime Logistics and Security Program following fulfillment of the seagoing obligation are diverse and rewarding.  Service is possible in a wide variety of logistics and security-related occupations in commercial, government, and military domains. Examples of entry-level positions include logistics system coordinator, transportation analyst,  Facility Security Officer,  terminal supervisor, Special Agent,  logistics/transportation consultant,  and intelligence analyst, to name a few.
Last updated: Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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