Maritime Security Should Not Be Ignored

Article released ahead of symposium.

Maritime Security Should Not Be Ignored

Editor’s Note: This article is part of In Homeland Security’s build up to the Maritime Cyber Security Learning Seminar and Symposium at CCICADA from March 2 to 3, 2015. American Military University (AMU) is partnering with Rutgers University to co-sponsor that event, and In Homeland Security will cover it.

By Dr. Joe DiRenzo III
Professor, Graduate Intelligence Studies at American Military University

The world maritime transportation system (MTS) plays an important role for the national economy. The security of this system–which includes ports, the littorals, and the nation’s Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) into the world’s global maritime commons–is absolutely critical.  The important thing to keep in mind is that this “layered” framework, which starts at the pier and works its’ way out to global maritime commons presents unique risks and vulnerabilities that need to be considered as does the authorities and jurisdictions that might apply.

There are components within the MTS that present unique challenges. Writing in the 2013 Naval War College Review, Vice President of Maritime Services at Maersk Line Limited Stephen Carmel noted that maritime “trade is moved in network of networks that are themselves interconnected and completely dependent on the smooth flow of information across yet another network.” Continued Carmel, who is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations executive panel, “Disruption in port propagates out into disruptions into other ports. Ports themselves are not perfect substitutes for each other, owning to advances in ship technology, with attendant implications for resilience.”

So what are the issues involving the MTS that should be considered? From my perspective I believe three areas need continued scrutiny.

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