ADM Allen to stress need for maritime security regimes

(File photo) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen answer questions at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones)

(File photo) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen answer questions at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones)

Admiral Thad Allen will stress the need for maritime security regimes as a critical part of a Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower in a speech before the Surface Naval Association tomorrow.

At a time when the aviation community is under national scrutiny for lapses in security, the Commandant of the Coast Guard will remind those gathered that thousands of smaller vessels navigate America’s waterways with relative anonymity and freedom – often within yards of critical infrastructure, military assets and population centers.

Admiral Allen will discuss the threat posed by smaller unregulated vessels and their use in unconventional warfare. From explosive-laden boats used in terror attacks to self-propelled semi-submersibles utilized by narcoterorrists and the use of small vessels by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, America’s national security interests face serious threats on waters both at home and abroad.

As the head of America’s lead agency for maritime┬áhomeland security, the Commandant of the Coast Guard will call for a “whole government” approach to counter these threats.

Check back with Coast Guard Compass tomorrow and Thursday for more on Admiral Allen’s speech to the Surface Naval Association.

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