Accession Number:

ADA422792

Title:

Terrorist Mines in the United States Maritime Domain: A Credible Threat?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

The purpose of a threat assessment is to approximate the consequences and probability of an event as accurately as possible, in order to prioritize limited resources for maximum benefit. The economic consequences of a terrorist mine attack on the United States have the potential to be enormous, but unlike a WMD attack, they would only be temporary. The damage done would be closely related to the speed of the response effort in opening the port and channels to shipping. Navy capital ships and military sealift ships enter and exit port infrequently enough to plan coordinated force protection procedures should intelligence require it. While we should never completely discount the mine threat, or Al Qaedas capabilities, there are ways to reduce vulnerability and mitigate the consequences with the resources already allocated.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE