Global Tides and Currents of Maritime Domain Awareness

To counter transnational maritime security threats, it is important to know and understand, on a global scale, activities in the maritime domain. Maritime domain awareness (MDA) therefore is an essential element of any maritime security strategy. This article discusses the concept of MDA in relation to reducing the risk of transnational threats. Many examples of international MDA already exist, representing the full spectrum of maritime mission areas and originating from both national and multinational sponsors. To make global coordination and sharing of information effective, national governments must also put in place essential partnerships between civil and military authorities. However, building trust between and among nations and national entities takes time and effort. Incremental improvements in these efforts will be made as strategy, policy and capability requirements are refined. The Coast Guard is working to support initiatives that will lead to a globally interconnected maritime information system that is responsive to all threats, promotes transparency and trust between nations, preserves personal freedoms and facilitates commerce.


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  • Accession Number: 01042319
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 2007 8:54PM