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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.

Lectures can be condensed down to three or expanded to eleven 40-minute lectures. Lectures are storytelling in format loaded with humor and “WOW, I didn’t know that", with slides providing art/photos to augment the stories.

1-2. Navigating the Ocean (parts I & II):
Learn how modern sea markers and electronic satellite positioning systems (GPS), radar, and charting provide a clear and safe highway on the water. In many ways similar to driving your car on local roads and freeways, but different with thousands of years of traditional “rules of the road” practices when meeting other ships. In some locations, these electronic water highways have been altered to protect whales and other marine mammals. How to read a nautical chart, and how a ship plots it's position and course on a chart will be demonstrated.

3-4. Protecting the Marine Environment (parts I & II):
The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard’s are responsible for enforcing fishery and marine mammal protection laws. They board the fishing fleet ships to ensure compliance with species and catch limits. They respond to pollution incidents with state of the art response and cleanup equipment, and inspect the tankers carrying Alaskan oil from the Valdez supertanker port. However, human error does result in accidents, including the largest environmental shipping disaster at sea, the EXXON Valdez. How do you mitigate and clean up one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters, and the lessons learned? Environmental protection planning began for the TransAlaskan Pipeline and Valdez 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.

5. Fighting Pirates and Slave Ships in the Caribbean:
The Caribbean Islands were an obsession for the European naval powers (Spain, England, France, Dutch, etc.) since Columbus. They were the jewels in the crown for the vast wealth they generated for the Europeans from the sugar plantations and gold. They were strategically placed to control access to the gold mines of South America, and croplands of North America. These countries constantly raided and captured each others island colonies, and the treasure ships (gold, sugar & tobacco) sailing from them. A favorite tool of the Europeans to avoid outright wars, was the use of privateers. Sir Francis Drake in the late 1500s was a typical example. A crown would award a ship's captain with a Letter of Marque, a legal charter to raid ports and capture ships of a competing country. The captain, frequently called a pirate would split the sale of the captured ship and cargo, with the crown. A single ship with gold, slaves, sugar, tobacco, or manufactured goods from Europe was with millions in todays dollars. Privateering was rampant until the mid-1800s, when the U.S. Coast Guard working with the European navies finally wiped the pirates from the Caribbean seas.

6. The Gulf Wars and the Creation of the U.S. Fifth Fleet:
The UN/NATO efforts to keep the oil shipping lanes open in the Persian Gulf and North Africa. The story also deals with spreading piracy, and the speaker's story behind the creation of the U.S. Fifth Fleet/UN guardians of the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and North Africa.

7. 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.

8. Whaling and Seal Hunting Ships - Crimes, Reindeer and Rescues:
The Coast Guard was the only federal law enforcement agency along our Pacific coast and Alaskan waters during the Gold Rush years. They also provided protection for Native American tribes in Alaska from predatory whaling ships, which led to one of the greatest land-sea rescues in American history. The whalers and seal hunters had destroyed traditional hunting waters and the coastal tribes were starving. The Coast Guard Cutter Bear sailed to Russia to buy reindeer herds to feed them. Years later, when the whaling feet became ice-bound in the Bearing Sea, the Bear, unable to move thru the ice packs, put crew ashore and drove reindeer north thru winter storms to the starving fleet on the verge of cannibalism, arriving just in time.

9. Protecting and Rescuing the Fishing Ships of the “Deadliest Catch” (parts I & II):
The Arctic Coast Guard cutters and ice breakers and aircraft, are law enforcement and rescue platforms with crews of highly trained women and men. They are pushed to their limits in the Alaskan and Antarctic waters, protecting fisheries, marine mammals, and rescuing vessels and crews in distress. Stories of some of the greatest rescues and tragedies will be shared.

10-11. Coast Guard's Around the World (parts I & II):
The U.S. Coast Guard was the role model for the development of Coast Guards around world. The 1790 Revenue Cutters were the first in the world to be formally tasked with Search and Rescue. Since then they have been the global role model 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. From the red and white racing stripe on the bow of the rescue and law enforcement cutters, to their patrol aircraft and rescue helicopters, these Coast Guard's have worked together in international search and rescues, training, and sharing best practices. As result ocean travel is the safest mode transportation in the world.


12. 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 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.
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.