Part law enforcement, part intelligence, part homeland security, the maritime-interdiction mission is uniquely suited to the Coast Guard’s capability and jurisdictional versatility.
The equation is simple: Effective maritime interdiction = framework + assets + surveillance + intelligence . Having an effective maritime-interdiction capability is a core national-security interest. Given the interconnectivity of the global supply chain, all nations are sustained and enriched by overseas trade within which illicit trafficking often hides in plain sight. Since its founding in 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard has been effectively conducting high-seas maritime interdiction, a seminal mission that has continued to evolve.