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Combating Terrorism: Actions Needed to Improve Force Protection for DOD Deployments through Domestic Seaports
The October 12, 2000, attack against the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Cole in the port of Aden illustrated the danger of unconventional threats to U.S. ships in seaports. The September 11 attacks further heightened the need for a significant change in conventional antiterrorist thinking, particularly regarding threats to the U.S. homeland. The new security paradigm assumes that all U.S. forces, be they abroad or at home, are vulnerable to attack, and that even those infrastructures traditionally considered of little interest to terrorists, such as commercial seaports in the continental United States, are now commonly recognized as highly vulnerable to potential terrorist attack. The Department of Defense (DOD) and all agencies associated with seaport security recognize this new paradigm and are taking steps to reduce vulnerabilities and increase security.
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