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Assured Access to the Global Commons - Maritime Workshop

maritimeUSS Enterprise, CVN 65, Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, VA, USA
September 30th 2010


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NATO is highly dependent on the maritime commons for forward operations. Changes in the maritime commons are increasing vulnerabilities and risks to NATO operations.

On Thursday 30 September 2010, ACT along with the Naval Warfare Development Command and the Combined Joint Operations from the Sea (CJOS) Centre of Excellence, hosted a one day workshop with some 40 participants, which focused on NATO’s vulnerabilities and challenges in the maritime commons, and made recommendations for NATO’s way ahead.


What are NATO’s stakes in the Maritime Commons?

How does NATO assure its access to the Maritime Commons to conduct operations in support of Alliance security at home as well as in out-of-area missions, and what are the current challenges to that access? – i.e.: How will opponents and adversaries deny and/or disrupt access to the Maritime commons?

How can NATO’s operational access to the Maritime Commons be strengthened in the future?

At a policy and strategy level, what could NATO do to strengthen its future secure access to the Maritime Commons?

How can a Comprehensive Approach (integrated government, commercial and military effort) assure access to the Maritime Commons?


The agenda for this workshop is available here.

Panelists' biographies can be found here.

An overview is provided here. This was used to create a common frame of reference for the Maritime Workshop.

Project Director: Mr. Dick Bedford, Tel. +1 (757) 747-3382