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Innovation in the War on Drugs: Narcosubs

By CIMSEC 2018-06-19 12:05:29

[By Javier Guerrero C.] Last year, the Colombian Navy detected and captured the first electric narco-submarine. Demonstrating the innovative capacities of Colombian drug traffickers, narco-submarines (also known as drug subs, narco-semisubmersibles, self-propelled semisubmersibles, or simply narcosubs) are custom-made vessels used principally by Colombian...

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Countering Hybrid Threats in the Maritime Environment

By CIMSEC 2018-06-11 14:06:00

[By Chris Kremidas-Courtney] Today, state and non-state actors are challenging nations, institutions, and private companies through a wide range of overt and covert activities targeted at their vulnerabilities. Both NATO and the European Union refer to these as “hybrid threats” and...

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Interview: Winning the Cold War at Sea

By CIMSEC 2018-06-08 14:23:00

[By Dmitry Filipoff] CIMSEC had the pleasure of asking The Honorable John F. Lehman, Secretary of the Navy under the Reagan Administration from 1981-1987, questions on his new book Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea. Q: Your tenure...

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Countering Chinese Ambition in the Indo-Pacific

By CIMSEC 2018-05-25 17:52:00

[By Tuan N. Pham] The following article lays out recommended ways and means that Washington can regain and maintain the strategic initiative in the Indo-Pacific. The Trump Administration has implemented many of them, but the real challenge remains in sustaining...

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Why Peacetime Naval Buildups are Difficult

By CIMSEC 2018-05-21 10:08:00

[By Steven Wills] There has been much gnashing of teeth and complaint in response to the U.S. Navy’s slow build toward a goal of 355 ships. Peacetime naval buildups by free societies have never been simple undertakings. Such governments usually...

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The Radical Reform of China's Military

By CIMSEC 2018-05-04 21:59:00

[By Pawel Behrendt] Two years ago, President Xi Jinping announced the reorganization of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the implementation is gaining momentum. The changes, which go far beyond administrative restructuring and equipment modernization, will make the fighting...

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American Maritime Strategy in a Digital Age

By CIMSEC 2018-04-13 14:14:00

[By Frank T. Goertner] From the White House to the Pentagon, the message is clear. The world of 21st Century great power competition has arrived, and it is distinctly different from the one today’s U.S. national security enterprise was designed to confront. Now is the...

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The Challenge of Defending Subsea Cables

By CIMSEC 2018-03-20 21:27:00

[By Pete Barker] For centuries, the sea has enabled trade between nations. Shipping continues to underpin international commerce today. But there is another unseen contribution that the oceans make to the current global order. Deep below the waters, travelling at...

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China and the Undermining of Global Rules

By CIMSEC 2018-03-09 21:29:00

[By Tuan N. Pham] More Chinese assertiveness and unilateralism are coming. Recently, worrying developments have emerged that oblige the United States to further challenge China to become a more responsible global stakeholder that contributes positively to the international system. Otherwise,...

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Cyber Lessons from the USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald Collisions

By CIMSEC 2018-01-26 15:43:00

By Zachary Staples and Maura Sullivan The 2017 back-to-back collisions of two Navy destroyers led to much speculation about the role of cyberphysical interference in the disasters. As the senior officer representing the U.S. Navy engineering community during the USS McCain cyber...

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