About the Author

"Maritime Security An Introduction" by Michael McNicholas - invaluable unique guidance for the professionals who protect our shipping and ports and the academic student of Homeland/Maritime Security.
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Michael McNicholas

Mr. McNicholas is the Managing Director of Phoenix Group in Panama and Costa Rica and Pathfinder Consulting USA, LLC in the USA. Michael has over fourteen years of distinguished and progressive Law Enforcement, Military, and Intelligence experience and, most recently, twenty years as Founder/Co-Founder of several successful professional security services corporations in Latin America and the USA.

A former Non-Commissioned and Commissioned Officer (Presidential Direct Appointment) in the US Army, Mr. McNicholas served for nine years in Airborne Infantry, Military Police, and Military Intelligence units. Mr. McNicholas held a TOP SECRET security clearance in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he specialized in counter-narcotics trafficking and international terrorism and served on the Vice President’s Narcotics Interdiction Task Force and as the CIA Liaison to US Coast Guard Intelligence.

Mr. McNicholas designed, implemented, and directed the internationally-acclaimed seaport security program at Manzanillo International Terminal – Panama, the largest container port in Latin America. In 2003, he spearheaded the successful efforts to have Phoenix Management Services Group designated as the first “Recognized Security Organization” (RSO) by the Republic of Panama and the Dominican Republic. On behalf of the government of Panama, Phoenix evaluated and approved/rejected Ship Security Plans for over 2,500 ships in the Panama Registry. In the Dominican Republic, Phoenix conducted Port Facility Security Assessments and wrote the Port Facility Security Plans for two of the primary ports in the country.

Mr. McNicholas is credited with co-pioneering the Maritime Security Team (Anti-piracy/stowaway/drug trafficking/terrorist) concept in commercial cargo shipping and has Maritime Security Teams deployed onboard container and cargo ships in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Currently, his personnel provide security onboard over 400 ships per month in 11 ports in Latin America. Tactical intelligence collection and aggressive port and ship security operations by McNicholas’ personnel have yielded the capture of 600+ stowaways and drug couriers, the seizure of over 9,000 kilos of cocaine & heroin, the repelling of armed pirates in combat on two occasions and denial of access in a dozen other attempts, and the successfully mitigation of two terrorist operations targeting US personnel and assets.

Michael McNicholas

Michael McNicholas

Mr. McNicholas is the author of "Maritime Security: An Introduction", (McNicholas, 2008, Elsevier, Inc./Butterworth-Heinemann), "Maritime Security: An Introduction" 2nd Edition, (McNicholas, 2016, Elsevier, Inc./Butterworth-Heinemann) and Chapter 13 (Port Security) of the book entitled "Port Engineering: Planning, Construction, Maintenance, and Security" (Tsinker, Gregory, 2004, Wiley and Sons, Inc.,).