A Maritime Traffic Control Model for the Venezuela Navy.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The research area of this thesis is an operational issue of the Venezuelan Navy. The specific area of research is the development of a Maritime Traffic Control Model that guarantees the efficient accomplishment of surveillance and protection of the territorial sea. The principal task is reducing the number of potential illegal shipments, for example drugs, toxic waste, or other outlaw activities in the Venezuelan sea. Currently, several operational activities are executed as a response against illegal shipments. However, these operational activities require many resources and a considerable amount of time. These operational tasks depend primarily on Intelligence efforts that represent a high financial cost and additional risky actions. For these reasons, the successful execution of the maritime control mission requires more dynamic and efficient approaches to maximize operational benefits. This thesis develops and uses a stochastic decision making model, to analyze and set up inspection or interdiction operations in those areas whose geographic features represent closed transit areas for navigation. This decision model should be an important aid for the execution of Maritime Traffic Control Operations in closed maritime areas in the Caribbean Sea under the sovereignty of Venezuela.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics