Accession Number : ADA490682


Title :   Modern Piracy: The Impact on Maritime Security


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA


Personal Author(s) : Mansfield, Charles T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a490682.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 29


Abstract : Although acts of piracy are generally criminal as opposed to terrorist in nature, their unpredictable time and location of occurrence, the wide variety of vessels targeted, and their increasing frequency creates an opportunity for terrorists to use pirates' methods as a means to achieve their goals. This paper will provide a brief historical perspective on piracy, examine its modern dimensions, and analyze the impact of modern piracy on U.S. maritime security. The thesis examines the efforts that U.S. and foreign governments, military, business, and civilian organizations expend to combat the problem, and piracy's tangible costs in capital resources to combat. The sea, a largely unregulated space, is a safe haven for criminals and terrorists to act unopposed by military or law enforcement efforts. Although piracy is generally not politically motivated, it is invariably linked to prevailing political conditions and the proximity of weak or failed states. Since the terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001, the international community has been forced to assess the vulnerabilities of maritime security. In the post-9/11 and USS Cole era, there has been a resurgence in worldwide piracy incidents. The increase in attacks has demanded the serious attention of global maritime trading partners. The possible use of a maritime vessel as a weapon is a real and credible threat. The United States and her maritime partners are constantly working to achieve a secure global maritime environment. The focus is on assisting failed and failing states to create functional governments that will develop their law enforcement and coast guard capabilities. Until these weak and lawless lands can maintain control of their territorial waters, the global maritime partners will be required to use their naval and law enforcement assets to patrol piracy hot spots to prevent a further escalation of robberies, violence, and potentially terrorist acts.


Descriptors :   *RESPONSE , *CRIMES , *SHIPPING , *TERRORISM , *ATTACK , *SECURITY , *THREATS , VULNERABILITY , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , TARGETS , COSTS , TANKER SHIPS , INTERNATIONAL TRADE , OCEANS , MERCHANT VESSELS , LAW ENFORCEMENT , CARGO SHIPS , COOPERATION , NAVY , COAST GUARD , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , THESES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE