New: Initiative on Maritime Security and Terrorist Travel

As technologies and terrorist methodologies continue to evolve, the United States, under the auspices of the FTF Working Group, would convene a series of region-specific workshops to raise awareness of known or suspected terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) potential use of the maritime domain as a potential attack or travel vector. Specifically, workshops would review existing best practices related to screening people, cargo and emerging technologies (drones, GPS spoofing, etc.) in the maritime domain. CT practitioners would increase their understanding of relevant international maritime security protocols and practices, and consider how to address gaps within the existing counterterrorism and border security frameworks to specifically address the terrorist risk.  Topics to discuss include: insider risk and vetting of crews, port and terminal security, piracy, human trafficking and smuggling, and screening at ports of entry and departure.  At the completion of a series of workshops, the GCTF could draft an addendum to the Good Practices in the Area of Border Security and Management in the Context of Counterterrorism and Stemming the Flow of “Foreign Terrorist Fighters” or the New York Memorandum on Good Practices for Interdicting Terrorist Travel, endorsed during the Tenth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting in September 2019.