Maritime Terrorism in Southeast Asia

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A Brief Analysis of Threats and Vulnerabilities in the
Maritime Domain
Niyazi Onur Bakir

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The attacks of September 11 have exposed the vulnerability of the American homeland against terrorism. Terrorists have already expressed their intentions to continue their aggression towards United States. Their goal is to incur maximum economic damage, inflict mass casualty, spread unprecedented fear among citizens and thus destabilize the nation to further their agenda. Many critical sites lay across US maritime borders, all of which could be potential targets to accomplish these goals. All these sites are simple elements of a complex body where the vulnerability of the whole system is a function of the vulnerability of the weakest element against an adaptive adversary. Ports, nuclear facilities, LNG facilities, urban areas, bridges, chemical plants and other critical infrastructure are all elements of this complex system. In this paper, we review the current status of…...

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