Accession Number:

ADA465239

Title:

Protecting America's Maritime Domain -- An Interagency Command and Control Structure to Achieve Unity of Effort

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

Protection of the nations maritime domain is vital to the U.S. economy. The vast area and free flowing nature of ships, their cargo, and international crews make this a unique challenge for the myriad of government agencies assigned to protect Americas maritime domain. Following the attacks of 911, government reorganization and implementation of newly created government regulations have reduced the vulnerability of the U.S. maritime domain to terrorist attacks. However, a seam of ambiguity exists within the maritime domain that terrorists may seek to exploit. The existing relationship between the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense and the ambiguity associated with the terms homeland security and homeland defense has created this seam as well as an environment that violates the principle of unity of effort. To achieve unity of effort within the maritime domain, a national Joint Interagency Task Force JIATF should be created. A national JIATF would ensure one commander and one unified effort to fight the global war on terrorism within the nations maritime domain.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE