"The U.S. Coast Guard has taken on the Commission's and Department's challenges for combating terrorism in the maritime domain. Our strategy for Combating Maritime Terrorism (CMT) includes Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) activities, as well as Extended Offshore Security Operations (EOSO). 'Maritime Sentinel' is the Coast Guard strategy for Combating Maritime Terrorism. It serves as guidance for this critically important mission. This plan preserves the essentials of the aforementioned strategy, including the premium placed on identifying and intercepting threats well before they reach U.S. shores by conducting layered, multi-agency, maritime security operations and by strengthening the port security posture of strategic economic and military ports. 'Maritime Sentinel' continues to recognize our responsibilities and authorities as the lead DHS agency for Maritime Security, the exercising of Federal Maritime Security Coordinator duties by designated Captains of the Port, and our roles and responsibilities in the offshore environment as a supported or supporting commander for Homeland Security or Defense. It aligns with 'Securing Our Homeland', U.S. Department of Homeland Security Strategic Plan 2004, responds to the 'Secretary's Second Stage Review' imperatives, and incorporates lessons learned over the last three years. It reflects elements of the National Strategy for Maritime Security and its sub-plans, and is responsive to the spirit and letter of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. 'Maritime Sentinel' leverages our military, maritime, multi-mission heritage. It also embraces a threat-based, risk-managed approach. This plan calls for action through the Coast Guard's near term strategy to: (1) Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness; (2) Lead and conduct effective maritime security and response operations; (3) Create and oversee an effective Maritime Security Regime. Implementation of this strategic plan is instrumental in our ability to fulfill our responsibility of countering the full spectrum of threats to the nation's interests within the maritime domain and to maintain the integrity of our nation's maritime border."
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