Explain the differences between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy in dealing with incidents of maritime terrorism involving a U.S.-flagged vessel within U.S. territorial waters.

For the SLPs in this course, your assignments will be based on unique scenarios, which have directly impacted Homeland Security. The scenario for the Module 1 SLP as follows:

A terrorist group, calling itself “Martyrs of Jihad” and claiming affiliation with al-Qaida, has successfully hijacked a U.S.-flagged cruise ship, Pacific Holiday, and vowed to kill hostages within 24 hours unless dozens of named terrorists are released from U.S. prisons and the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. U.S. military and civilian intelligence surveillance systems have verified the presence of numerous armed persons on board. In addition, as with the Achille Lauro incident, they have executed one passenger and thrown the body overboard to demonstrate their resolve. The vessel is currently traveling south towards Mexican territorial waters.

As an intelligence analyst with the Department of Homeland Security, your have been directed to develop a background paper pertaining to the hijacking of the cruise vessel within territorial waters of the United States. This background paper will cover the following issues:

  1. Define which DHS component agencies would be involved in an incident of maritime terrorism involving a U.S.-flagged vessel within U.S. territorial waters.
  2. Explain the differences between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy in dealing with incidents of maritime terrorism involving a U.S.-flagged vessel within U.S. territorial waters.

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  • Relevance: All content is connected to the question.
  • Precision: Specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate.
  • Depth of discussion: Points that lead to deeper issues are presented and integrated.
  • Breadth: Multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues/factors considered.
  • Evidence: Points are well supported with facts, statistics and references.
  • Logic: Presented discussion makes sense; conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information.
  • Clarity: Writing is concise and understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples.
  • Objectivity: Use of first person and subjective bias is avoided.
  • References: Sources are listed at the end of the paper.

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