GAO: Military Must Improve Force Protection For Deployments Through U.S. Seaports

By Dan Dupont / November 21, 2002 at 5:00 AM
The Defense Department should improve its force protection process for deployments of troops and equipment through domestic seaports, the General Accounting Office states in a new report. DOD has identified 17 U.S. seaports as "strategic" because, in the event of large-scale military deployments, it will transport "more than 95 percent" of all equipment and supplies by sea. And, as the October 2000 attack on the destroyer Cole in Yemen illustrates, unconventional threats to U.S. ships are a reality. However, GAO...

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