Piracy Against U.S.-Flagged Vessels: Lessons Learned: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, May 20, 2009 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Elijah E. Cummings: "We have long argued that we need a U.S.-flagged merchant fleet to carry U.S.-government cargoes and to provide sealift capacity to support DOD needs in time of war and national emergency. For that reason, we have created the Maritime Security Program, which provides direct payments to U.S.-flagged ships to ensure that they are available when the government needs them. Given this, isn't it in our national interest to utilize the very limited U.S. military resources that would be necessary to protect our U.S.-flagged fleet rather than leaving them to implement their own defensive measures?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James Caponiti, Paul Doell, Ed Frothongham, Erik L. Johnsen, Brian Salerno, Philip J. Shapiro, Augustin Tellez, Bill Van Loo, and Arthur J. Volkle.
Serial No. 111-35
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