Five Maritime Security Developments That Will Resonate For A Generation

Harvard National Security Journal Online

10 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2016

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Brian Wilson

United States Navy; United States Coast Guard

Date Written: March 11, 2015


In the past decade, collaborative efforts around the world have led to five key, and intersecting, developments that have changed the way governments respond to maritime security challenges: expanded laws; interagency, or whole-of-government coordination within a country; cooperation among nations; maritime situational awareness (MSA); and the establishment of multinational training centers. Collectively, these new approaches form a single unifying thread for action and support a networked response to countering violence and illicit activity at sea. The developments examined in this Article provide key insights to collaboratively confront, with less traditional diplomatic actors, transnational criminal organizations and other security challenges in the future.

Keywords: Law of the sea, UNCLOS, whole of government, interagency coordination, maritime threat response, maritime security; maritime situational awareness; maritime domain awareness, MSA, MDA, maritime terrorism, SUA, NATO, maritime centers of excellence

JEL Classification: F50, F52, F55, F59, K42

Suggested Citation

Wilson, Brian, Five Maritime Security Developments That Will Resonate For A Generation (March 11, 2015). Harvard National Security Journal Online. 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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