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American Maritime Strategy in a Digital Age

By CIMSEC 2018-04-13 14:14:00

[By Frank T. Goertner] From the White House to the Pentagon, the message is clear. The world of 21st Century great power competition has arrived, and it is distinctly different from the one today’s U.S. national security enterprise was designed to confront. Now is the...

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The Challenge of Defending Subsea Cables

By CIMSEC 2018-03-20 21:27:00

[By Pete Barker] For centuries, the sea has enabled trade between nations. Shipping continues to underpin international commerce today. But there is another unseen contribution that the oceans make to the current global order. Deep below the waters, travelling at...

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China and the Undermining of Global Rules

By CIMSEC 2018-03-09 21:29:00

[By Tuan N. Pham] More Chinese assertiveness and unilateralism are coming. Recently, worrying developments have emerged that oblige the United States to further challenge China to become a more responsible global stakeholder that contributes positively to the international system. Otherwise,...

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Cyber Lessons from the USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald Collisions

By CIMSEC 2018-01-26 15:43:00

By Zachary Staples and Maura Sullivan The 2017 back-to-back collisions of two Navy destroyers led to much speculation about the role of cyberphysical interference in the disasters. As the senior officer representing the U.S. Navy engineering community during the USS McCain cyber...

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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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