The USS Cole (DDG 67) is towed away from the port city of Aden, Yemen, into open sea by the Military Sealift Command ocean-going tug USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) on Oct. 29, 2000. TDoD photo by Sgt. Don L. Maes, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

A Reliable Security Process: The CARVER Target Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment Methodology

By Luke Bencie, Charlie Froese, & Elizabeth Kemker

On the morning of October 12, 2000, in the harbor of Aden, Yemen, a boat, piloted by two al Qaeda suicide bombers, approached the USS Cole, a United States Navy guided missile destroyer that was docked for refueling. The boat, a small rubber dinghy packed with hundreds of pounds of C4 explosives, steered into the side of the ship and exploded. The blast ripped a massive hole in the hull, wounding 39 sailors and killing 17. With just slig...