International Outreach and Coordination Strategy for the National Strategy for Maritime Security
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC
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The maritime domain encompasses trade routes, communication links and natural resources vital to the global economy and the well-being of people in the United States and around the world. In todays globalized world events beyond our borders have an undeniable impact on United States interests. Attacks on ships, ports, or maritime transportation infrastructure by terrorists, rogue nations or transnational criminal organizations can, within a frighteningly short time, produce terrible destruction and significantly disrupt the flow of international trade upon which we depend. No one nation can single-handedly secure every ocean and every waterway around the world. Because the oceans play an indispensable role in the safety, security and economic stability of the international community, all nations have a vital interest in ensuring that the maritime domain remains secure and open for the free and legitimate use of all. Public and private entities must work in concert to succeed. Accordingly, in order to enhance global maritime security, the Department of State will leverage its diplomatic resources and influence, while coordinating closely with other components of the US Government, to promote and enhance close cooperation among sovereign nations, international and regional organizations and the maritime private sector, including manufacturers, shippers, ship owners, seafarers, dockside workers, truckers, retailers and recreational boaters.
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