The Homeland Security Digital Library blog at the Naval Postgraduate School posted a link late last week to a new Coast Guard report entitled “Maritime Sentinel: Coast Guard Strategic Plan for Combating Maritime Terrorism.” The report is an update of a 2002 Coast Guard strategy for combating maritime terrorism, and reflects the ideas and principles espoused in the National Strategy for Maritime Security and its eight supporting plans.
The report provides a clear sense of the Coast’s Guard priorities for maritime security and on pages 23-24 a solid inventory of the requisite security activities in the maritime domain. What’s missing from the report is a sense of how to fit these puzzle pieces together. There are some charts that discuss this, but more needs to be done to develop an integrated vision for maritime security. But I’m very confident that the Coast Guard is moving in the right direction, and as the report notes, “the task before us is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Update 7/24: Old link to report wasn’t working. New link here.