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Chapter Sixteen Cargos of Doom: National Strategies of the U.S. to Combat the Illicit Transport of Weapons of Mass Destruction by Sea

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This chapter overviews the security strategies of the United States that are relevant to an analysis of the legal and policy issues surrounding efforts to prevent or disrupt the illicit transport of weapons of mass destruction by sea. The United States has developed a system of interlocking national, homeland and maritime security strategy documents which serve as the basis for its participation in the global proliferation security regime. The chapter outlines the national security strategies of the United States to serve as a background for the contributions of others on the legal, informational and operational issues surrounding maritime counter-proliferation operations. Each of the U.S. security strategy documents acknowledges the threat posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and seeks to keep such weapons, their delivery systems and related materials out of the reach of rogue regimes and terrorists.

Keywords: illicit transport; mass destruction; rogue regimes; Sea; security strategies; terrorists



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