Interagency Collaboration on the High Seas

InterAgency Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2011

8 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2012 Last revised: 1 Apr 2012

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Brian Wilson

United States Navy; United States Coast Guard

Date Written: Winter 2011


Maritime threats are increasingly sophisticated, lethal and transnational. The response to Somali piracy underscores the necessity of collaboration, though partnering is equally valuable to address, among other threats, weapons smuggling, drug traffickers and fishing incursions occurring globally.

Coordination in the maritime domain is particularly crucial because illicit activity unfolds in an environment that is complex and enormous, with overlapping national authorities, gaps in jurisdiction and the involvement of multiple agencies.

The development of frameworks that facilitate information sharing and coordinated responses recognizes that few issues and even fewer solutions fall under the ambit of a single agency or nation. In the United States, the Maritime Operational Threat Response (MOTR) Plan created a process for interagency coordination and has been used more than 1,000 times.

Keywords: crisis management, diplomacy, negotiation, interagency, interministerial, collaboration, partnering, Maritime Operational Threat Response, MOTR, Global MOTR Coordination Center, GMCC, Department of Homeland Security, Kudirka, Coast Guard, drug trafficking, piracy, migrants

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Brian, Interagency Collaboration on the High Seas (Winter 2011). InterAgency Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 2011. Available at SSRN:

Brian Wilson (Contact Author)

United States Navy ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

United States Coast Guard ( email )

United States

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