Asymmetric Threats

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Currently there are several definitions of asymmetric threats listed throughout the internet as well as other literature. The definition that best sums up the meaning in my view is leveraging unconventional tactics against a superior opponent with the goal of disrupting the willingness to achieve the operational objectives. The most common and current example of this would be the insurgency tactics used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United States must not assume those tactics and strategies will only be used abroad. The same asymmetric threats our country’s security initiative is facing are the same challenges are seaports are facing. Some examples of the potential asymmetric threats the United States seaport faces are nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological weapons, and terrorism. Nuclear Weapons are one the key components for countries/states to be considered as a world superpower. Just the possession of a nuclear weapon guarantees a country a position of negations with other world powers. Countries like the United States and United Kingdom have an invested interest on who has those capabilities to avoid such negotiations. The ever going crisis with North Korea is a perfect example of the United States diligence to avoid an unaccountability of nuclear weapons potential threat. The employment of a nuclear weapons on a seaport would greatly slow or deter the deployment process for operating military functions. The injuries, casualties and infrastructure damage would be significant, therefore any successful attempt would cripple any military or commercial cargo operation. In comparison to nuclear weapons, chemical weapons are less damaging, but are easier to acquire. Both threats could be delivered in a containe... ... middle of paper ... ...ked, the port customs team will be required to inspect the shortfall. An automated system would track the status (checked/unchecked) from beginning to end. At the port of embarkation a US customs team will work in conjunction with local customs officials to ensure the accuracy of the program. The current technology being used for screening and examining the content of containers is excellent. The non-intrusive (x-ray devices), physical inspections, and container tracking are all great tools and all counties should continue to use such resources. The largest obstacle with my proposed plan would be funding. The United States would have to remain firm with countries that export goods into the US. Customs programs should fall under federal funding; therefore the exporting countries government would have to make a decision on the economic future of their country.

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