Global Maritime Partnership: Networking Challenges and Opportunities   [open pdf - 136KB]

"Few strategic concepts have spurred more discussion than the notion of the global maritime partnership (originally called the 1000-ship Navy), a concept first introduced by then-U.S. CNO [Chief of Naval Operations], Admiral Michael Mullen, at the International Seapower Symposium in September 2005. In the ensuing four years this concept has been broadly discussed in the international defense media and at conferences and symposia, including those sponsored by the CCRP [Command and Control Research Program]. Admiral Mullen, now Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took this idea even further, suggesting that global 'security' partnerships are one of the most important considerations for the U.S. Department of Defense The networking challenges to the global maritime partnership are manifest and will not succeed if the 'power to the edge' concepts exposed by the CCRP are not addressed and if we fail to understand the lessons learned from past networking and coalition partnering. This paper will address that rich history and demonstrate how lessons learned from past networking and coalition efforts can inform global security efforts 'today'. We will share the results of a 'beta-test' among the five AUSCANNZUKUS [Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States] nations, currently entering its seventh year, which provides one example of how to address these C4ISR [Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] challenges."

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15th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium. Santa Monica, CA. June 22-24, 2010
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