VISA: What Should be in America's Sealift Wallet?
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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The significance of American sealift is evident throughout history from its deficiency in the Spanish-American War to its abundance in World War II. Despite the adoption of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement VISA, which updated the contingency sealift process, its good intentions do not provide a long-term solution. From a conceptual standpoint, it is valid. From a realistic standpoint, it is not and the diagnosis remains the same insufficient U.S. flag shipping. Maritime legislation over the last century attempted to cure that ailment, but the U.S. flag fleet continues to shrink in spite of it. Many argue that the use of foreign flag shipping is the answer, yet there are potential, even significant risks to adopting such a plan. Globalization and new international and national maritime security measures are variables that the sealift equation needs to more deeply address and creatively embrace. That is where the solution lay, because VISA is not a durable answer to augmenting organic sealift in a time of crisis.
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