This 8 page paper provides an overview of an article on maritime critical infrastructure. This article review outlines the primary points and considers the implications. Bibliography lists 1 source.
for infrastructure protection. The author began his study by relating the largess of the problem and the fact that there was an increasing focus on the importance of oversees
cargo in the over 1,000 harbors and ports in this country. Because of the potential impacts of the Global War on Terror (GWT), a focus on methods to achieve
a level of unimpeded flow through the nations ports was and is essential to protecting national power (Watts, 2005). Research Question The central research question stated by the author
of this study was based on the assertion that in order to address the existing threat and apply a military strategy, the author had to consider whether the problem had
occurred in the past. Watts posed the question: "have we faced this threat before, and if so, what can we learn from the experience?" This question became
the foundation for the research study provided by Watts, especially in relation to the focus on both past methods for terrorist attacks and the changes that occurred in the post-9/11
era. This question is clearly stated and relates to a variety of different elements presented in Watts review of the current literature. Hypothesis/Thesis The hypothesis for this study
was less clearly stated and instead was implied through the views of existing methods, assessments of multi-agency processes, and the approaches to port protection that become essential in the post-9/11
era. The implied hypothesis for this research study is: A multi-agency maritime homeland security approach is necessary to ensure protection of the nations ports against terrorist threats.
Correspondingly, Watts suggested that the application of a multi-agency approach can result in measurable outcomes in relation to the security of commercial ports and the continuation of global shipping.