Maritime Environment the Objective of This Study Essay

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Maritime Environment

The objective of this study is to answer the questions of what are the specific security challenges in a port maritime environment. This work will additionally describe the following as they pertain to port management security: (1) security survey; (2) risk-based decision-making; and (3) cost effective risk assessment. Finally, this work will answer the question of what is asymmetric warfare and will describe the megaports initiative.

Maritime Environment Security Challenges

The work of Bhaskar and Kemp (2011) report security in the maritime environment to include "The security of chokepoints in the region -- the Straits of Hormuz, the Bab-el-Mandeb, and the Indonesian Straits" stated to have become a "matter of great strategic importance for all maritime powers." (p.3) In addition stated is security challenges related to the "conflict in the Persian Gulf and piracy near Bab-el-Mandeb, due in part to the failed state of Somalia, are two issues of concern." (Bhaskar and Kemp, 2011, p.3) Maritime security issues are reported to include " The Indonesian the protection of sea lines of communication (SLOCs), are paralleled by increasing importance of the broadband communication connections between Asia, Europe, and the United States that are linked by undersea cables traversing the Indian Ocean. Ensuring the future security of the sea lines and cable routes has now become an issue for all the Asian powers." (Bhaskar and Kemp, 2011, p.3)

II. Port Security: Security Survey; Risk-Based Decision-Making; and Cost-Effective Risk Assessment

The work of Orosz et al. (2009) reports "Ports are important to the U.S. economy. This is particularly true with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Over 40% of all containers shipped in and out of the U.S. flow through the two-port complex. It is vital that these ports be protected from terrorist attack and other disasters.…

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