A new war is raging just off the world's coastlines. Maritime piracy is making a massive comeback. The CIA reports that attacks against commercial shipping are up by 20 percent this year and show no sign of letting up; indeed, incidents of piracy are not only increasing monthly, but are becoming more brutal and bold. Intelligence indicates that pirates and terrorists are merging tactics and the consequences could be devastating. Using advanced weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades and assault boats, these attacks are not carried out by rogue criminals but by highly organized syndicates with raiding parties exceeding 40 armed attackers. Since over 90% of international trade travels by water, pirates throughout history have long known what Sir Walter Raleigh once said… and terrorists are catching on.