USS Cole

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Maritime Blindness*

Consumers and their governments are generally unconcerned that 90 per cent of the world’s trade is conducted by the international shipping industry. The oceanic transportation industry has transformed the industrialized world into a “just-in-time” manufacturing zone, in which “our warehouses now float,” as Canada’s Rear-Admiral David Gardam, commander of the […]

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A Secure Ocean Commons – Are We Doing Enough?

A safe and secure ocean commons has been a goal for decades. Initiatives to achieve this tend to have their roots in significant events that become forcing functions for change. For example, attention was focused on the security of ships and ports immediately after the 2001 attacks in New York […]

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Canadian Forces preparing for uncertain future*

*Moderator’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald on 07 January 2012.  It is reprinted here with the permission of the author. There are Canadians who delight in accusing our military leaders of only being able to fight the last war. Our generals and admirals, they tell […]

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A very real threat to today’s seafarers

Sadly, today’s maritime terrorism is a complicated and multi-faceted problem.  There are many potential perpetrators with an infinite number of associated possible or probable scenarios.  These depend upon whether the threat is targeted at vessels moving along sea lines of communication, or is a threat targeted at a maritime facility […]

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