Coastal Trident 2020

Coastal Trident 2020 Port and Maritime Security Program

In the summer of 2020, GT2’s Center for Threat Management will conduct the thirteenth-annual Coastal Trident Port and Maritime Security Program.
Coastal Trident 2020 will be comprised of scenario-based training, field experimentation, and exercise activities and present participants with unique opportunities to examine operational and technical capabilities in port and maritime domains.

Program Background

Coastal Trident is an operational research program conducted annually to advance the state of the art in addressing threats to port and maritime security. The program is conducted in
partnership with sponsors and stakeholders in military, homeland defense, homeland security, and emergency response.
Coastal Trident is widely recognized as the largest sustained port and maritime security program in the nation and regularly involves the participation of more than 150 federal, state, local government, and private sector organizations.

Coastal Trident 2020

Coastal Trident 2020 will be conducted to examine the operational and technical capabilities of stakeholders in port and maritime security to address asymmetric threats to commerce, critical infrastructure, and national security.
This year’s program will feature alignment with several established technology and exercise initiatives, maximizing the resources available to support program activities while limiting regional “exercise fatigue” and the planning burden shouldered by participating organizations
These aligned initiatives include:

  • Naval Surface Warfare Center-Port Hueneme’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX), which will focus on leading edge concepts for future in-service engineering and distance support to U.S. and Allied surface combatants.
  • Exercise and experimentation priorities by local law enforcement and emergency response organizations (unmanned systems employment and countermeasures, maritime communications and data links, shipboard tactical operations and maritime hazardous materials response).
  • Fathomwerx Laboratory’s Open House, which will focus on increasing awareness and access to port and maritime security technologies, showcase field experimentation projects, and synchronize efforts to implement technical solutions to operational gaps.

Where is Coastal Trident Conducted?

Coastal Trident is conducted at venues throughout Southern California, across an area of operations that spans more than 200 coastal miles and extends offshore clear of congested shipping lanes and recreation areas.

The Coastal Trident planning team leverages unique access to resources throughout Southern California in order to establish robust and relevant learning environments to support training, field experimentation, and exercise activities.
These resources enable the planning team to design diverse, realistic, and relevant training, experimentation, and exercise environments:

  • Waterside facilities at the Ports of Hueneme, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Diego
  • Land and sea test ranges at Naval Base Ventura County, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and Naval Base Point Loma
  • Offshore oil and gas platforms
  • Target and support vessels representative of military, commercial, and recreational surface craft
  • Manned and unmanned platforms, capable of hosting sensor systems or documenting field experimentation and exercise activities
  • Opposing forces personnel, hazardous materials simulators, and threat-representative unmanned systems
  • End users representing federal, state, local, and international government operational communities
  • Technology base comprised of subject matter experts from the public and private sector, capable of meeting operational needs with technical solutions

Key Planning Milestones:
Planning and Execution Milestones:
Concept Development Meeting:
October 23, 2019
Participant Proposals Due:
January 8, 2020
Initial Planning Meeting:
January 15, 2020
Mid-term Planning Meeting:
March 25, 2020
Final Planning Meeting:
May 27 2020
Program Execution:
July 13-24 2020
July 29: Fathomwerx Open House, CT-20, ANTX Technical Demonstrations
Who Participates in Coastal Trident?

Who Participates in Coastal Trident?

Coastal Trident is designed to meet the needs of a diverse set of stakeholder and participant organizations, while promoting “whole of society” innovation and collaboration through timely and relevant scenarios.

Federal Government
-Navy and Joint-DOD organizations
-Lead federal agencies
-Specialized response organizations
-Port and maritime security stakeholders
-Science & technology organizations

State Government
-Specialized response organizations
-Port and maritime security stakeholders
-Academic institutions and laboratories

Local Government
-First response organizations
-Port and maritime security stakeholders
-Port authorities and special districts

Private Sector
-Technology developers and subject matter experts
-Port and maritime operations and security stakeholders
-Logistics and surge capacity providers
-Academic institutions and laboratories


CTM operates from its headquarters in Ventura County, California, and maintains a satellite office in San Diego.

If you would like to contact us regarding research opportunities, current and upcoming programs, or general information, we welcome your inquiries.

CTM Headquarters

(657) 229-5776

CTM San Diego

Brendan Applegate
(619) 616-5667