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U.S. Fears Ukrainian Ship's Weapons Will Fall Into Somali Jihadist Hands

- Somali pirates took a Ukrainian ship hostage last Thursday they say without any knowledge it was packed with Russian arms.

Maritime Security: An Introduction

- Michael McNicholas provides an introductory text for those new to the field of martime security.

Piracy and Terrorism Up on the High Seas, Says Study

- While both piracy and terrorism on the high seas have increased, the RAND Corporation finds there is no evidence that terrorists and pirates are collaborating.

TWIC Compliance Gets Extended While Foreign Workers Come Under Suspicion

- DHS has extended the deadline for TWIC by seven months while foreign students have been denied ID cards and labeled security threats.

DHS Needs to Do More to Spur Supply Chain Resiliency

- DHS has a critical role in helping businesses and ports build resiliency into their operations, witnesses testified at a hearing.

DHS Invests in Hi-Tech Antiterrorism Buoys

- DHS hopes the hi-tech buoys will provide an inexpensive alternative to the current practice of aircraft and satellite surveillance.

Small Boaters New Force Multiplier in Maritime Counterterrorism

- The Department of Homeland Security will announce today a new anti-terrorism plan for small boaters that resembles a neighborhood watch plan.

Private Security Companies Move to the High-Seas

- Governments and corporations alike have hired private maritime security contractors to provide training and protection services to defend their marine assets.

SAFE Port Act

- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds measured progress and lingering challenges in implementation of 2006's SAFE Port Act, which sets schedules and guidelines for import container screening, port facility security plans, and institution of the long-delayed Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

Port Weaknesses

- Security weaknesses at U.S. ports of entry remain, two GAO reports warn, especially at land ports, where border officials often fail to follow proper inspection procedures. (Report on border security here.) (Report on sea ports here.)

Measured Steps Toward Safer Ports

- A recent congressional oversight committee hearing on port security says progress is mixed.

Pirates Beaten Back

- Despite a recent uptick, piracy incidents are down significantly from a decade ago due to better intelligence and a greater use of technology.

Piracy Rising

- The high seas are once again experiencing a surge in the scourge of piracy, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
 




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