Protecting America's Maritime Domain: An Interagency Solution   [open pdf - 98KB]

"The prosperity of the United States is dependent on the maritime transportation system to support its economy. Though much work has been done to implement the various national strategies, there is a seam in the maritime domain between homeland security and homeland defense. The seam exists on a continuum between the definitions of maritime homeland security and maritime homeland defense. It impacts state and local governments, the private sector, and many other federal agencies. It is essential for the United States to clearly define the form and function of the security and defense agencies charged with protecting America's maritime interests: the policies, structures, and processes, to properly ensure the security of the maritime domain. A Combined Joint Interagency Task Force at U.S. Northern Command could be the answer to eliminating the seam. A JIATF-North could be rapidly developed, exercised, and implemented at minimal cost to address this critical vulnerability and reduce the risk of a terrorist organization exploiting the seam between maritime homeland security and maritime homeland defense. security and maritime homeland defense."

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