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Preserving History's Data for Tomorrow's Navy

By CIMSEC 2017-04-26 19:31:10

[By Frank A. Blazich, Jr.] In an era where the Navy is facing contested seas from challenges posed by China and Russia, history can unlock potential advantages with which...


The Coast Guard and Maritime Chokepoints

By CIMSEC 2017-04-20 21:41:48

[By Victoria Castleberry] The need for security of international maritime trade has never been greater as over 90 percent of internationally traded goods are transported...


Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea in 2016

By CIMSEC 2017-04-11 20:43:33

[By Dirk Steffen] 2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk...


Iranian Naval Capabilities in the Red Sea

By CIMSEC 2017-04-06 16:07:34

[By James Fargher] International attention has focused on the possibilities of an Iranian closure of the Straits of Hormuz, and the catastrophic effect a blockade would...


An Adequate NATO for Deterring Russia

By CIMSEC 2017-03-31 17:28:32

[By Ian Sundstrom] Introduction Since the Alliance Maritime Strategy (AMS) was published in 2011, the strategic context facing NATO has shifted. The drafters...


Hainan's Maritime Militia: A Standing Vanguard

By CIMSEC 2017-03-29 18:05:29

[By Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson] Hainan Province’s unique geography makes its buildup of maritime militia units the spear tip of China’s...


Russia's Black Sea Fleet Buildup

By CIMSEC 2017-03-28 17:33:14

[By LT Alex Schneider] A Neglected Black Sea Fleet Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia’s naval fleets have been severely neglected. Corruption,...


A Permanent Carrier Strike Group in the Mediterranean

By CIMSEC 2017-03-27 20:24:55

[By Lieutenant Jason Chuma] The Carrier Strike Group (CSG), with its air wing, surface escorts, and auxiliary support vessels, provides capabilities with great flexibility...


Stephen Biddle on Strategy in the Western Pacific

By CIMSEC 2017-03-22 19:22:56

[By Matt Merighi] The following is an interview between Mina Pollman, CIMSEC’s director of external relations, and Professor Steve Biddle of George Washington...


For Want of a Broadside: Why Marines Need Fire Support

By CIMSEC 2017-03-21 15:52:11

[By Capt. Vince DePinto] According to the 2016 Marine Corps Operating Concept (MOC), the greatest risk to the Marine Corps is that it becomes unbalanced in its...

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