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Thinking through the Unthinkable - How help from an unlikely source will strengthen capacity and reduce terrorist threats in and around the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

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Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Honolulu United States

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This paper describes how the United States government can help Singapores Information Fusion Center identify, target, and eliminate or reduce the threat of maritime terrorism in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore Straits. The geography of the Straits and the volume of shipping trade that passes through its waterways make the Straits a prime target for terrorists, and an ongoing security concern for the Indonesian government. Despite coordination, joint patrols and even local maritime information centers amongst partner nations, there remains much to improve Indonesias security posture and counter-terrorism capabilities in and around the Straits. Jakartas concern over the Straits, and its nearby ports, is no different than another mega city that struggles with similar terrorist threats and challenges within its own ports and waterways New York City. In New York, the agency charged with preventing terrorist attacks is a law enforcement one, the New York City Police Department, whose officers and analysts could share their knowledge, specifically in predictive analytics, to stop terrorist threats in Indonesias back yard. Such assistance will benefit both parties facing terrorists that plan and operate globally, but strike locally.

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  • Information Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

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