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Drones in the Surf Zone

By CIMSEC 2018-01-19 18:00:00

The U.S. military is dealing with a wide array of potential threats and deploying forces worldwide at an unprecedented rate. And in most cases it is naval strike forces, especially carrier strike groups and amphibious warfare expeditionary strike groups, that are...

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Port Automation and Cybersecurity Risks

By CIMSEC 2017-12-22 20:18:04

[By Philipp Martin Dingeldey] To stay ahead of competing ports and technological developments, automation has been heralded as inevitable. Major transshipment hubs and aspiring ports bet their future on automation, which raises the impact  cyber risks could have in the...

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Automated Celestial Navigation for the Navy

By CIMSEC 2017-12-13 21:23:47

[By LTJG Kyle Cregge, USN] In response to the four recent mishaps in the Western Pacific, the U.S. Navy Surface Force is going through a cultural shift in training, safety, and mission execution. The new direction is healthy, necessary, and welcomed...

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Could the USCG be an Asset in the South China Sea?

By CIMSEC 2017-11-06 22:06:24

[By Michael D. Armour, Ph.D.] Recently there has been discussions at the highest level of the U.S. military concerning the deployment of U.S. Coast Guard assets to the South China sea and integrating them into the freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS)...

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The Advent of "Feral Maritime Zones"

By CIMSEC 2017-11-01 21:26:28

[By J. Overton] Massive amounts of seaborne debris were created from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The debris fields caused alarm as they floated about the Pacific Ocean, reaching all the way to the western United States. Components of...

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Navy's Stealthiest Warship May Be a Merchant Vessel

By CIMSEC 2017-10-13 18:46:53

[By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D.] When one thinks of a stealth ship, images of the Chinese Type 055 destroyer, the French La Fayette-class frigate, or Swedish Visby-class corvette come to mind. The use of material and technology to produce a smaller radar cross-section or...

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Plaster the Ship With Paint: Dazzle and Deception in War

By CIMSEC 2017-10-05 17:01:58

[By Christopher Nelson] There is a little ditty in the last page of James Taylor’s recent book, “Dazzle: Disguise and Deception in War and Art.” It goes like this: “Captain Schmidt at his periscope, You need not fall and...

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The Royal Navy and Freedom of Navigation Operations

By CIMSEC 2017-09-29 15:59:01

[By Lt. Cmdr. Pete Barker] In July, two major announcements were made renewing the Royal Navy’s commitment to the principle of freedom of navigation in the coming years. Firstly, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Right Honourable Michael Fallon,...

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Navy Collisions: Competence, Overload and Cyber Factors

By CIMSEC 2017-08-29 19:03:50

[By Chris Demchak, Keith Patton, and Sam J. Tangredi] These are exclusively the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Naval War College or the Department of Defense. Security researchers do not...

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The PLA Navy in the Baltic: A View from Kiel

By CIMSEC 2017-08-18 21:58:51

[By Sebastian Bruns and Sarah Kirchberger] On 19 July 2017, after a long transit through the Indian Ocean and around the European continent, a three-ship People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) task group entered the Baltic Sea to conduct exercises with...

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