Posted: 12th February 2013 | Written by: Michael G. Frodl
An analysis on how the U.S. budget talks could affect the naval presence around the Horn of Africa. The looming risk of the Pentagon having to significantly cut its budget for the next 10 years has prompted the U.S. Department of Defense to cancel the return of a second carrier to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, as well as to defer the fuelling of another nuclear carrier.
Posted: 11th January 2013 | Written by: John Holden
The maritime security industry is still relatively new, and was born from the need to protect mariners on board commercial ships, transiting what is known today as the High-Risk Area (HRA), where piracy has become a significant problem. The maritime security sector has seen tremendous growth over the past few years, and the traditional and still prevalent method of defending ships – placing armed guards on board – certainly acts as a deterrent. However, current methods of intelligence gathering, and the use of technologies such as cameras and tracking devices are under-utilised, and employed in a manner that neither ensures safety nor aids the prosecution of criminals.
Posted: 8th January 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
As piracy off the coast of Somalia has increased, so has the number of private maritime security companies in operation – expanding nearly fourfold since 2008. However, there is almost no regulation of the industry, and stories of improper conduct and illegal activity have become rampant.