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Rise of Small Boats

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Technical Report

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Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Honolulu United States

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Any national counter-terrorism strategy whose country has maritime borders to safeguard and protect is inherently flawed and dangerously incomplete without a plan for countering terrorist threats at and from the sea. Too many of these strategies have neglected the nuances and threats of the maritime domain in favor of the easier and more definable land domain out of convenience, ignorance or both. However, terrorists can and do plan and execute attacks on maritime targets, often with devastating effect. This article will discuss motivations behind maritime terrorist attacks, share the Sri Lankan Navys experience with battling terrorists at sea, and, finally, conclude with insights and recommendations on how navies, large and small, may want to consider a less costly but potentially more effective change in their strategy by creating or upgrading the use of small boats to combat the terrorist threat on water.

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  • Unconventional Warfare

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