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Westminster and the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy present the 2013-14 Ambassador John Price and Marcia Price World Affairs lecture Series:
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Rear Admiral Terence E. McKnight, USN (RET)
Former Commander of Combined Task Force 151–Counter Piracy Task Force
GLOBAL MARITIME PIRACY
Piracy is on the rise and fast becoming a serious global security issue, with the estimated worldwide economic impact of piracy estimated at $13 billion a year. In 2011 pirates took 1,000 seafarers into captivity. What are the measures that the US government must take to curb the flow of US dollars for ransom payment and protect the free flow of commerce throughout the world? In 2009, Rear Admiral Terry McKnight took command of CTF 151, the multinational task force on patrol in the Gulf of Aden. As commander, he directed operations that disrupted several hijackings and resulted in the capture of numerous Somali pirates. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the US Army War College, his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He is the author of Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia.