Programme of Work Items

 Current Major Programme of Work Items

Maritime Approach to Combined Operational Access (December 2014)

 

The Maritime Approach to Combined Operational Access (MACOA) is one of several national projects making up the 2013-2014 Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC). The MCDC theme addressed here is to develop concepts and projects that help achieve "combined operational access."

 

MACOA seeks to reduce the friction and mission risk incurred when nations quickly combine to project military forces into the littoral. To achieve this objective, MACOA proposes a Concept, Framework and Practices those nations can apply to shape pre-crisis conditions.

   

Legal Questions Arising from Maritime Security Considerations in the Energy and Cyber Domains (June 2014)

 

This white paper was produced, in conjunction with CJOS COE's Maritime Cyber research, to identify key legal issues facing policymakers, military leaders, and maritime operators that arise from the overlap of energy and cyber interests in the maritime domain.  It explores maritime security implications of recent developments in energy and cyber domains, but does not seek to be exhaustive in its treatment of the issues.  The paper encourages information sharing among stakeholders, leading to the development of best practices in the maritime community.  The author is in a unique position to make observations as a US Naval Reserve officer with a legal background, pursuing a Master's degree in International Law at Georgetown University and employed at a large US petroleum firm.

 

 

Delivering Maritime Security in Global Partnership: Energy and Cyber Security Challenges in the Maritime Domain (May 2014)

 

This paper considered the question of whether physical security is sufficient for ensuring freedom of navigation upon the high seas and prevention of a terrorist attack upon the nation's ports.  The presence of war ships in the Arabian Gulf has prevented disruptions in the transfer of energy to the world's markets.  However, this layer of physical protection may no longer be effective in preventing a disruption in the flow of energy.  Technological changes have made it possible for state or non-state actors to exploit the cyber-sphere and circumvent the physical security that ensures the uninterrupted flow of energy.

 

 

Future Use of Riverine Forces in Expeditionary Operations (February 2014)

 

The Riverine concept paper aims to identify mission sets and key capabilities required of a Riverine Force, and propose a viable concept to FRMARFOR for the development of a riverine capability for expeditionary operations from within current force structures. The paper examined a select number of nations' riverine forces, reviewing their current doctrine, and defined the wide range of applicability, to include the fluvial and littoral environments in order to offer a realistic proposal. The concept is currently being reviewed by the requesting nation, with intent to circulate within the wider NATO Amphibious community for comment, which may lead to Doctrine change in the future.

 

Humanitarian Assistance/ Disaster Relief - Supporting L.I.F.E. (April 2013


In May 2011 the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE) has published the first version of its Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief concept called "The Navy Supports L.I.F.E".

Following consultations with the humanitarian organizations and a briefing at the United Nation Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) Consultative Group on the use of Military Civil Defence Assets (MCDA) annual meeting last November, we are now submitting our second version of the concept to assist in a better coordination between MCDA and the Humanitarian Community during natural/industrial disasters as well as complex emergencies.

The second version of the concept entitled "Supporting L.I.F.E" provides a common understanding and tools for all actors assisting the victims of a humanitarian crisis. Our intent is to provide the relief web link to the MCDA Consultative Group members as well as humanitarian and military HADR organizations in order to gather comments and further the developments of internationally accepted standards for HADR coordination. The document can be found on the UN OCHA international humanitarian community site Relief web at the following link: http://reliefweb.int/report/world

 

Supporting L.I.F.E. - Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief Concept Manual (March 2013)

 

The concept entitled "Supporting L.I.F.E" provides a common understanding and tools for all actors assisting the victims of a humanitarian crisis. Our intent is to provide the relief web link to the MCDA Consultative Group members as well as humanitarian and military HADR organizations in order to gather comments and further the developments of internationally accepted standards for HADR coordination.

 

Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) in NATO (July 2012)

 

The study provides an overview of the core principles which would allow the most cost-effective development of Maritime Unmanned Systems capabilities in support of the Alliance's current strategic missions and potential future missions.

 

Maritime Security Conference 2012 (June 2012)

 

Focused on "Delivering Maritime Safety and Security in Global Partnership: Identify Cooperative Strategies for Future Maritime Security Engagement". MCS 2012 is the foremost annual event for civilian and military professionals who are involved in maritime safety and security affairs around the world. In a collaborative setting, this prestigious group discusses solutions to challenging security issues that will contribute to a more effective Global Network for Maritime Security Cooperation.

 

An Introduction to Joint Operations on and from the Sea (March 2012)

 

A concept which provides greater insight into the different expeditionary operations that NATO can conduct on and from the sea. This concept was initiated to provide a more over-arching concept for the NATO Joint Sea-Based Logistic Support concept and at the same time cover a large variety of operations that NATO can conduct using the sea as an operating platform within the three Core Tasks of NATO's Strategic Concept in addition to a number of tasks that are categorized as Maritime Security Operations. Joint sea based operations provide decision makers within NATO an alternative and additional option when planning expeditionary operations.

 

Allied Interoperability Handbook Version 2 (February 2012)

 

 A hand book designed to improve the integration of forces conducting allied operations and exercises.

 

Maritime Security Cooperation (May 2011)

 

A White Paper titled "A Framework for Enhanced International Maritime Security Cooperation" which will be forwarded to the International Military Organization for consideration as a UN resolution.

 

Amphibious Operations Planning Study

 

 A comprehensive study to identify Tactics, Techniques & Procedures (TTPs) and planning considerations to mitigate security threats and allow for high tempo amphibious operations.

 

Maritime Situational Awareness

 

Advice, innovative solutions and support to SACT MSA Concept.