The threat of piracy and terrorism on the open seas is an issue which the world struggles to deal with adequately. Lawless coasts, the high seas, and other areas serve as fertile waters for maritime attacks. This problem may become even more acute as the Obama Administration moves forward with military cuts that will reduce our naval capabilities.
A solution that has grown – and will likely continue to grow – is the use of private security companies in maritime situations. Whether it is commercial organizations looking to defend their trade vessels or nations privatizing their coast guard services, maritime private security operations are gaining popularity. LCDR Claude Berube and Dr. Patrick Cullen provide much needed analysis of this trend in their new book, Maritime Private Security. Join us as they reflect on the problems of piracy and terrorism at sea and examine the rise of maritime private security companies as well as the role that private security might play in combating these dangers.
Copies of Maritime Private Security are available at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415688628/ or http://www.amazon.com/Maritime-Private-Security-responses-waterborne/dp/0415688620
Claude Berube is a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves and a Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2010, he was a Visiting Fellow for Maritime Studies at The Heritage Foundation, and, as a Navy Reserve Officer, he has been mobilized several times. Patrick Cullen is an analyst in Eurasia Group's Comparative Analytics Practice, focusing on hard security matters pertaining to national and international security. An acknowledged expert on the global private security industry, he is widely published in various academic articles, books, and monographs.
More About the Speakers
LCDR Claude G. Berube, USNR
Professor of Political Science, United States Naval Academy
Dr. Patrick Cullen
Analyst, The Eurasia Group’s Comparative Analytics Practice
Maritime Private Security
James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow