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Captain Paul Golden is a retired Coast Guard Officer with forty-five years of maritime safety, security and counter-terrorism experience throughout the world. He was a port and shipping safety expert, and a senior inspector for cruise ships, supertankers offshore oil platforms, and port terminals. He spent three years in the Bering Sea on law enforcement and search and rescue patrols protecting the “Deadliest Catch” fishing fleets.

As a senior federal law enforcement officer, he was the White House Deputy Director for drug interdiction operations in the Pacific basin, Officer-in-Charge for waterside security and counter-terrorism for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and piracy/counter weapons-smuggling coordinator in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and North Africa, where he was awarded the Legion of Merit for special operations.

In 1992, Paul was the Department of Transportation Fellow, preparing position papers on intermodal operations, command/ control/communications, and security issues for the Secretary of DOT. He specialized in port planning including the construction of the Trans Alaskan pipeline and tanker terminal, the development of the Los Angeles-Long Beach Superport and cruiseship terminals, and port expansions in Seattle, Houston, Savannah, and New Orleans.

After he retired from the Coast Guard, Paul joined FEMA as a disaster response coordinator. He was an assistant operations officer and watch stander at Disaster Field Offices, including hurricane Floyd in the Carolinas, hurricane Katrina, and Ground Zero in New York City after 9/11.

In March ‘02, Paul became a senior security specialist at the National Infrastructure Protection Center, at FBI Headquarters – now part of the Department of Homeland Security, where he helped to establish their command, control and communications infrastructures, and watch centers. In 2006, Paul moved over to the new Terrorist Screening Center (FBI/DHS/DOS and other LE/IC agencies), as a senior analyst and operations center watch stander for transportation infrastructures. In 2008 he was a senior intelligence analyst and trainer at FBI headquarters. In 2012 he was a senior analyst and instructor at the National Counter Terrorism Center - supporting the National Security Council staff, and provided training to domestic and international law enforcement agencies in dealing with complex terrorist attacks. In 2014 he was a senior watch stander at the FBI’s National Cyber Security Center, working closely with DHS, NSA, DOD and the private sector to counter real-time cyber attacks. In 2015 he assumed duties in the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate; retiring in 2016.

Paul holds four Masters degrees, including an MPA related to maritime transportation. He has remained in the Coast Guard as a volunteer Auxiliarist, patrolling southeastern ports and waterways with his own boat, conducting weekly port safety and search and rescue patrols, and as a communications watch stander at local rescue boat stations, and the Coast Guard Airstation at Savannah, Georgia. He lectures quarterly at the University of South Carolina, on the history of the Coast Guard, search and rescue, transportation issues, homeland security, and disaster preparedness.

1. Protecting the marine environment, lessons learned from the EXXON Valdez:
Environmental protection planning began for the TransAlaskan Pipeline and supertanker terminal in the early 1970s by the speaker. The development and field testing of oil spill response equipment and plans, under the direction of the speaker, resulted in a fast response to the grounding of the Exxon Valdez and the resulting oil spill. Over ninety percent of the cargo of crude oil was successfully offloaded, and the spilled oil was mostly contained and removed - still resulting in significant environmental damage. Lessons learned led to today’s global pollution prevention and response capabilities.

2. Saving a New and Struggling Country - Hamilton’s Coast Guard:
Who would protect a new and struggling nation? In 1789 the Navy was disbanded and the country in deep debt from the revolutionary war. Washington and Hamilton begged the First Congress for funds to build ten Revenue Cutters to rescue ships in distress (first rescue service in the world), fight piracy, and stop the rampant ship smuggling to avoid paying import duties, the countries only source of revenue. These cutters acted as our only maritime law enforcement arm, forced merchant ships into our ports to pay their import taxes, and within six years paid off the national debt. Pirates were driven away from our shores, and the cutters provided the foundation for a future Navy and modern Coast Guard.

3. Early Rescues at Sea, Maritime Safety, War of 1812 and the New Navy:
Congress gave Hamilton the responsibility to build lighthouses and coastal surf rescue stations along the Atlantic coast. Ship-wreckers would light large fires to lure shipping onto the rocks to kill and strip the passengers, and steal the cargo. Organizing and building coastal rescue stations finally put an end to this form of privacy. There was no Navy and maritime wars with France and England loomed on the near horizon. The Revenue Cutters held the line while a new Navy, built from lessons learned in building the Revenue Cutter fleet, was re-established in time for the war with the British.

4. Pirates and Reindeer (Parts I & II):
The Coast Guard played a key role in time of war, and fired the first naval shots in the war of 1812 and the Civil War. It acted as the only federal law enforcement agency along our coasts after the Louisiana and Alaskan land purchases. The gold fields of California and the protection of Native American tribes in Alaska from predatory whaling ships led to one of the greatest land-sea rescues in American history. Also covered, are how paddlewheel river boats and the Titanic disasters led to the Coast Guard’s role in ship inspections, and later for offshore oil platforms.

5. The Other Navy, Coast Guard’s roles in WWI, the Rum War, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam (Parts I & II):
The modern warfare missions of the Coast Guard played key roles as an arm of the Navy. The Coast Guard assumed responsibilities for primary naval missions including port security, coastal anti-submarine warfare, convoy escorts, and most amphibious landing craft operations in all war theaters. Vietnam was a new challenge, with riverine operations as so grimly presented in the movie Apocalypse Now.

6. Women in the Coast Guard, you have come a long way Admiral:
From the beginning in 1790, wives of lighthouse keepers, filled in for their husbands at war or death, keeping the lights running, and often the first on scene, rowing to a rescue. The Coast Guard formally brought women into the service during WWII, freeing up Coast Guard men from desk jobs to go to war. After the war women were pushed out from their jobs, until 1970, when demographics demanded that they be brought back in. However, the civil/women’s rights movements demanded that they be given equal job opportunities. Women went to sea as law enforcement officers, rescue, and aviation experts. Over the next 50 years their role grew to represent over 30 percent of the Coast Guard personnel, with a goal of 50 percent. They fill every job: cutter captain, pilot, cop on the water, pollution response, ship inspections, and senior Coast Guard leadership. The speaker was directly involved in this evolution, as his wife joined in 1972, and was involved in the early struggles to fight sexual harassment, and glass ceilings.

7. The Modern Coast Guard (Parts I & II):
The 1790 Revenue Cutters were the first in the world to be formally tasked with Search and Rescue, and the young nation’s second oldest federal law enforcement agency, just two days after Congress created the U.S. Marshals Service. Since then they have been the global role models for over 100 Coast Guards, including Russia, China, European, African, and Latin American nations. The latest cutter, icebreaker, patrol boat, and aviation designs and techniques will be covered. Also, the Coast Guards primary responsibilities for pollution prevention and response, fisheries protection, drug and human smuggling, piracy, and training the world’s Coast Guards and Navies will be covered.


8. Surviving Disasters:
You can plan and survive unexpected disasters such as floods, fires, hurricanes, and terrorism. A few simple rules and practices can greatly increase you and your family’s chances for survival. The speaker has taught major police, fire, and other first responder agencies across the country, and around the world, on planning for and managing disaster response operations. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, planning and responding to global disasters for 27 years, he joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency, managing field response operations including hurricane Katrina and 9/11 NYC Ground Zero. Surviving a post disaster world turned upside down is the next challenge. You cannot expect first responder help for the first 48 to 72 hours. You and your family’s survival may depend on your preparedness. Again, there are a few simple preparedness actions that will help you find temporary shelter, and facilitate dealing with government recovery agencies and private aid givers.
Captain Golden, has over 20 years of experience in inspecting cruise ships for safety and providing security for these ships around the world. He lectures on how a cruise ship has state-of-the-art safety engineering along with constant crew emergency training and drills. As a result, the passenger aboard a cruise ship is safer than at home, flying, driving, or at work - probably the safest place to be in the world.