Global Maritime Intelligence Integration Plan for the National Strategy for Maritime Security [open pdf - 277KB]
"Due to its complex nature and immense size, the Maritime Domain is particularly susceptible to exploitation and disruption by individuals, organizations, and nation states. The United States has more than 95,000 miles of shoreline and 3.4 million squares miles of water within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), so we are particularly open to attack from the Maritime Domain. The openness that makes the Maritime Domain so important to international commerce also represents a great vulnerability. The vastness of the oceans, as well as the great length of shorelines, provides both concealment and numerous access points to land. Capitalizing on the relative ease and anonymity of movement by commercial ship or small, private vessels through the Maritime Domain, terrorists, criminal organizations and rogue nations are smuggling or attempting to smuggle materials and technology related weapons of mass destruction, conventional arms, money, narcotics, and human beings. Where possible, they use legitimate maritime business or apparent recreational activities as fronts for these attempts. Because 80 percent of the world's population lives within 200 miles of the shoreline, large numbers of people are potentially subject to threats from these groups."
|Publisher:||United States. White House Office|
|Retrieved From:||Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/|