Protecting Our Shores
The lion's share of articles in this issue of Proceedings involves maritime homeland security. Admiral Thad Allen, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, kicks things off witha piece signaling the need for measures to combat the use of small boats by terrorists. He calls it "Friend or Foe? Tough to Tell." Think 12 October 2000, Yemen, and the USS Cole (DDG-67). Dovetailing with Admiral Allen's piece is "Calling All Boats!" by Bill Parlatore, in which the founder and editor-at-large of PassageMaker, a magazine for boating enthusiasts, makes a powerful case not only for recruiting and integrating recreational boaters into a system for alerting officials to suspicious activity but also for putting them to good use in the aftermath of a maritime disaster.
A self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) sits in front of the Miami headquarters of SOUTHCOM Commander Admiral James Stavridis. It is meant to reinforce the threat posed by such vessels. Captain Wade Wilkenson says SPSSs have become the vehicle of choice for Latin American drug smugglers and warns against their possible use by terrorists.