msr rt 16 250The Combined Joint Operations from the Sea Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE) in Norfolk is hosting a second Maritime Security Regimes Roundtable 2016 (MSR RT 16) at the Slover Library in downtown Norfolk on 26-27 April 2016.

This is a follow-up to the inaugural event held in Madrid in 2015, and as a consequence to the findings and recommendations in the CJOS/CSW COE MSA Study published in April 2015. The theme of this year’s multinational forum is: 'From Unconnected Regional Maritime Surveillance to Effective Global Maritime Situational Awareness’. The aim of MSR RT 16 will be to shape an information sharing framework for the world’s maritime security community to facilitate more effective maritime situational awareness information exchange. The principal objectives in MSR RT 16 will be to:

• Identify and share best practices and practical solutions to address identified challenges; and.
• Form the basis of an agreed framework for improved information sharing and collaboration among the MSRs from across the Global Maritime Community of Interest.

The desired end state will be a self-sustained international structure linking maritime security regimes around the world.

The forum will be conducted at the unclassified level, and the empowered audience will be drawn from the international Maritime Situational Awareness (MSA) community, representing a strong cross-section of government, non-government, military, academic, and industry stakeholders.

For MSR RT 16, CJOS COE will be using a panel format structured to balance geographic and institutional representation. There will be four panels, each one assigned one of 4 sub-themes: Cooperation, Challenges, Improve and Build. Each panel will consist of 4 panelists, chosen as a result of their experience and/or current position in the field of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) or maritime security. There will be an introductory presentation given by a panel chair, framing the subject of the panel discussion, followed by three panelist speakers who will each provide perspective on the sub-themes based on their background and experience. Each panel sub-theme and supporting presentations are designed to trigger questions and stimulate discussion amongst all the participants.

The invited panellists are all senior leaders in respective Maritime Security Regimes - both military and civilian. Consequently, MSR RT 16 will have a good mix of both military and civilian participants and panelists.

For more information please visit the following website:

Go to the Home page and click on the MSR RT16 logo. This will take you to the info and registration pages. Here you can review the agenda, welcome package, and background information. You will also be able to complete the online registration form.