ABSTRACT

Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachments in the War on Terror   [open pdf - 728KB]

"This monograph explores the role of Coast Guard law enforcement detachments (LEDETs) abroad in the post-Cold War, post9/11 strategic security environment. Drawing on the work of National Defense University and Thomas Barnett, the author finds that the globalization of economies and markets has become the driving force of the international system, as nationalism and bipolarity had been in earlier ages. While globalization promises a better life for the developing world, it also enables transnational crime and nonstate actors such as Al Qaeda. These factors suggest the need to revamp and improve nontraditional national security instruments such as Coast Guard LEDETs. The requirement for a safe, secure, and functional maritime domain as a necessary and enabling condition of globalization suggests that enhanced LEDETs should be used to build the capacity of maritime security forces in conjunction with Theater Special Operations Command war-on-terror activities. A variety of factors suggests that the U.S. Government should first expand these efforts in maritime Southeast Asia."

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2006-05-25
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