Provide the Capability for Interdiction Operations
Lieutenant Ben Perman, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) poses a grave threat to global security. Despite the catastrophic . consequences of WMD and the asymmetric nature of their threat, maritime powers such as the United States have a unique opportunity to gain the upper hand, because all WMDs will probably be on board a commercial vessel at some point during the proliferation cycle. Indeed, several U.S.-led counter proliferation initiatives, the Proliferation security Initiative (PSI) most notable among them, focus interdiction on the high seas, before these weapons can enter the local transportation networks of target nations or intermediary states.