"Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) provides commanders with the ability to make informed, timely and accurate decisions and enables the six core capabilities as articulated in the Maritime Strategy, A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower. The Navy is part of a broader U.S. government effort to advance the National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness. Understanding Navy Maritime Domain Awareness: 1.) MDA is the collective understanding that results when mission-relevant information has been gathered, shared, fused and analyzed then disseminated to analysts, planners, watchstanders, and decision-makers at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. 2.) Effective MDA results in more than just vessel tracking, track history, and anomaly detection. It provides an understanding of the links between separate pieces of information that improves understanding of regions, key areas, and activities."
Navy Office of Information: http://www.navy.mil/
Rhumb Lines (August 21, 2009)