Accession Number : ADA307554

Title :   The Vulnerabilities of U.S. Strategic Ports to Acts of Sabotage.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s) : Grohoski, David C.

PDF Url : ADA307554

Report Date : 12 FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : In an era where war is a 'come as you are' affair, the ramifications of arriving too late, or with insufficient forces could prove to be devastating. The recent bombings of the World Trade Center and in Oklahoma City shattered the myth that the United States is exempt from the effects of terrorism. The changing global security environment demands increase vigilance in guarding our vital institutions. The U.S. deterrent policy relies on power projection and the ability to get forces to areas of crisis in a timely manner. The U.S. deploys 95% of its supplies and equipment by sea. We can no longer assume that our domestic seaports are free from the effects of sabotage and terrorism. The U.S. seaports present an exposed target whose attack would serve to enhance the aims of any terrorist organization. It is conceivable that a single, violent act could shatter the balanced, time-sensitive U.S. deployment schedule. The vulnerabilities of our strategic seaports, which deploy and sustain our forces, demands a new sense of awareness on the part of the Department of Defense.

Descriptors :   *VULNERABILITY, *TARGETS, *TERRORISM, *PORTS(FACILITIES), *STRATEGIC AREAS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPLOYMENT, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, ENVIRONMENTS, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, EXPOSURE(GENERAL), VIGILANCE, THESES, AREA SECURITY, AIRPORTS, URBAN AREAS, DETERRENCE, BOMBING, SABOTAGE.

Subject Categories : Civil Defense
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE