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Counter Piracy In The Gulf Of Guinea: A Whole-Of-Government Approacch

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Technical Report

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Air War College Maxwell AFB United States

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The threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has significant regional security and economic implications which could destabilize a region becoming an increasingly important source of energy for the United States. Although the United States, through its Geographic Component Commander GCC, U.S. Africa Command, has attempted to bolster security cooperation efforts in the region, a more holistic approach must be taken to effectively reduce the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The Gulf of Guineas unique maritime environment coupled with the scope and nature of the piracy threat demands a new approach to conducting a counter-piracy campaign. Theater strategic planners should develop a comprehensive whole of government strategy focusing on building effective regional governance, infusing financial capital in order to provide an economic alternative to piracy, reducing or mitigating the risk of pirate attack to commercial shipping, bolstering maritime security capacity through advanced technology such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and promoting effective response to pirate attacks through regional collaboration.

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  • Sociology and Law

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