Hello Classmates,

  1. Describe the framework for managing and leading a security force.

The framework for managing and leading a security force starts with the port managers and leaders. The key to establishing this framework within the port security organization is in how well the leadership develops the middle management function (Christopher, 2014). The best tool that may be utilized is the use of “middle-managers”, middle-managers can be the “go to” individual where in fact, they become the liaison between the front line workers and upper management. When developing middle managers, senior leaderships must ensure they understand and have the full expectations of the Organization’s intent, mission, and goals, in order for middle managers filter this down to the operational levels, where the actual work of port security gets done. In the military, these positions are what we call Team Leaders, senior leaders mentor and develop Team Leaders in order for the team to achieve success with their everyday mission or goals. Team Leaders must understand the Organization’s intent, mission, goals, regulations, policies, and procedures in order to better guide their Soldiers. Team Leaders are the keen advocate for the Soldiers because they interact more with the Soldiers and guide them to ensure standards are being met. They achieve this through active engagement and constant evaluations of their work performance and their professional/personal development.

One of the main role of middle-manager is to ensure that issues from subordinates are brought up the chain of command and these middle-managers can solicit input from employees and act accordingly to ensure policy reflects the wishes of the employees. Employee input is crucial to make this type of work model productive. Leadership skills are then exercised and exploited by acting accordingly on these issues in their level, if issues are of higher concerns, this is when middle managers raises these issues to senior leaderships to get some answers.

2. What is meant by maintaining force competencies in port security?

Maintaining force competencies is for port security management to assess the level of competency of the security workforce. It is important that the port security management team maintain force competencies and asses if the workforce has adequate training required in order for them to do their job. Understanding the type of training required is crucial for port security management to know hence, security management would know what qualifications and training is needed.

Each training requirement and certifications may vary depending on the capacity of their job and expected to perform. The importance is to asses if the workforce are qualified to perform their duties as expected. Validation and assessment of training and certifications must be done frequently depending on what is established or outlined based on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). SOP entails detailed or specific guidance relating to each specific duties, objectives, or policies.



Christopher, K. (2014). Port Security Management, Second Edition. Bosa Roca: CRC Press. Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.ezproxy2.apus.edu/lib/apus/detail. action?docID=1578619


Todd Stevenson

  1. Describe the framework for managing and leading a security force.


To better understand the question let’s first look at the definition of framework. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, framework is defined as “(a): a basic conceptional structure (as of ideas), and (b): a skeletal, openwork, or structural frame” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). With that said, to me framework is the basic structure that holds everything together. This is true whether we’re talking about computer software, a treehouse, your home, or even a game you’re playing. Framework is the very building blocks our everyday lives are built around. Just as our lesson has pointed out, the framework for managing or leading a security force to protect our ports starts with port managers and leaders. One of the more important framework tasks for managers and leaders of a port security force is ensuring all participants are on the same page and acting as a single organism. Per this week’s lesson, middle-management plays a key role in the framework of a port security team’s ability to communicate with upper management. It is through middle-management a port security team can get a clear understanding of the strategic plan, mission, values, and required tasks. A strong foundation or framework is crucial to building a cohesive security force that’s on the same page, and an understanding of the management team’s strategic plan, and mission statement. It is a strong framework that allows a security force the ability to execute a port’s emergency strategies on a moment’s notice.

  1. What is meant by maintaining force competencies in port security?


The easiest way for me to explain maintaining competencies is to look at it from the point of view of a railroad employee on the extra board. The railroad maintains a list of employees that fill in for the regularly assigned employee that is unable to make it to work. Therefore, these employees must be trained on the competencies of a variety of different jobs, and can work these jobs if a vacancy needs to be filled day or night. A port security team must continually train on different emergency scenarios to ensure they are ready at a moment’s notice. By maintaining security force competencies, each member of the team could feel each other’s roles as necessary in a critical situation. As our lesson points out, a plethora of different scenarios should be worked into the core competency training. The greater the number of training scenarios the better prepared the security team will be in the event of an emergency situation.

Framework. (n.d.). Retrieved April 05, 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/framework