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90 Proceedings Spring 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings ISPR teams are drawn from federal, state, industry, and other representatives who are not involved in the response, to study the effectiveness of the area contingency plan and its integration with vessel response plans, facility response plans, and other relevant and applicable plans in effect at the federal, state, and local levels. Documenting lessons and tracking remedial action success helps to ensure plans, training, resources, relationships, and other factors are improved at the echelon of command that originated the lesson. Other important benefts of having a viable after-action program include using lessons learned to inform emerging contingency response operations, to support policy development and revision, and to increase senior leader awareness of challenges and opportunities for improvement to Coast Guard contingency response operations. The response operations to maritime incidents are tremen- dous learning opportunities to improve future prepared- ness and response capabilities for when they do occur. While the term "lessons learned" is often stated in discus- sions of marine casualties and contingency events, the key elements described here must be in place and utilized to avoid the mere identifcation and re-identifcation of the lessons from these incidents. Having policies, processes, and tools in place, along with an organizational culture and commitment to be an adaptive and learning organization, will greatly increase the likelihood that lessons will be truly learned, and that signifcant improvements will be achieved in preparedness and response. About the authors: Mr. Robert A. VanZandt is the chief of the Exercise Evaluation and Analysis Division, U.S. Coast Guard Offce of Contingency Preparedness and Exer- cise Policy. Mr. VanZandt oversees and manages lessons learned analysis For more information: Commandant Instruction 3010.19C describes the situations and deadlines for which to submit contingency event and exercise after- action reports to Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness System, the process by which headquarters program managers review and approve them, and Contingency Preparedness System capability to track remedial actions assigned to improve contingency preparedness. The instruction is searchable and can be used to inform emerging contingency response operations, support policy development and revision, and increase senior leader awareness of challenges and opportunities for improvement to Coast Guard contingency response operations. Available at www.uscg.mil/directives/ci/3000- 3999/CI_3010_19D.pdf. and corrective action recommendations to document areas for Coast Guard contingency preparedness improvement. Mr. VanZandt is also responsible for Coast Guard policy that guides the Coast Guard after-action program and for maintaining the Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness System. Mr. Scott Lundgren is the technical advisor and deputy chief of the Offce of Marine Environmental Response Policy at Coast Guard headquarters. He also serves as the principal international representative on the Interna- tional Maritime Organization's International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation technical working group and the Arctic Council's emergency prevention, preparedness, and response working group. He previously served as chief of the Coast Guard's Incident Man- agement and Cross Contingency Division, and he holds master's degrees in environmental management from Harvard and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.