"This strategy identifies specific goals where efforts can achieve the greatest impacts across the breadth of the maritime domain. Its guiding principles are: developing risk-based decision making solutions; enhancing security and safety through education and training; reducing risk without excessively impeding freedom of operation adversely affecting the economy, or compromising national security needs. It proceeds with the understanding that one-size-fits-all solutions cannot address the widely different characteristics of small vessels; that risk mitigation efforts should be based on coordinated efforts, operator education and appropriate use of technology. The overarching goals of the Small Vessel Security Strategy are to: enhance maritime security and safety based on a coherent plan with a layered, innovative approach; develop and leverage a strong partnership with the small vessel community and public and private sectors in order to enhance maritime domain awareness; leverage technology to enhance the ability to detect, infer intent, and when necessary, interdict small vessels; and enhance cooperation among Federal, state, local, and Tribal partners and the private sector (e.g., marinas, shipyards, small vessel and facility operators), as well as international partners. This strategy lays out the appropriate way forward in managing and controlling risks posed by the threat of small vessel exploitation."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/