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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Interesting Take on Sea-Borne Terrorism

Asia Times Online offers an interesting opinion piece on the sea-borne terrorism threat from an distinctly Indian point of view in this "op-ed" piece.
There is an urgent need for a comprehensive approach to maritime counter-terrorism covering the various dimensions of it, such as intelligence collection, analysis, assessment and dissemination; the need to strengthen the capability for the collection of technical intelligence relating to maritime terrorism through monitoring stations on the coast and the islands as well as sea-based monitoring platforms; port security; strengthening coastal patrolling in the vicinity of sensitive establishments, such as nuclear installations, oil refineries and off-shore oil platforms; intensive naval patrolling in the high seas; monitoring developments in coastal maritime communities; a rapid action capability to deal with a maritime situation if preventive measures fail; a crisis management capability; and regional and international cooperation.

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