In this issue, we examine the enduring importance of maritime security to project forward presence; protect trade and shipping lanes; preserve national sovereignty; ensure regional stability; and prevent criminal activity and violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport contraband. Maritime security is an objective also prized by our closest allies and newest partners in maritime security operations.
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Adm. Luciano Zappata refers to maritime security as "freedom of the seas," and in this issue, he discusses the need to expand maritime partnerships beyond traditional NATO partners. More and more countries are emerging to protect their vital interests at sea. We share the same challenges and must work within the same complex international political and legal framework to ensure maritime safety and security, Adm. Zappata said.
Sharing in the maritime security discussion are Capt. Jack L. Sotherland, commodore of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group and commander of Amphibious Squadron Two, and the commanding officer of FS Tonnerre, French Navy Capt. Edmond de Vigouroux d'Arvieu.
The Bataan ESG and Tonnerre underwent maritime security training in February. "No one navy can do it alone," Sotherland said. The U.S. Navy must take advantage of the strengths and expertise of allied partners, he said. Many of our allies like the English, Dutch and French, just to name a few, have hundreds of years of experience in working with other nations and cultures… Sotherland said that partner nations bring a different perspective and understanding to forming maritime coalitions.
In his interview, USJFCOM's Director for Strategy and Policy Rear Adm. John M. Richardson discusses the Joint Operating Environment which forecasts possible challenges and opportunities that will face the joint force in the future. Analysts predict that it will fall to the United States and its partner nations to protect and sustain the peaceful global system of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law and governance. So it is paramount that nations work together to ensure stability in the maritime environment.
Security operations and interoperability with partner nations would not be possible without robust command and control, and OPNAV N6 Vice Adm. Harry B. Harris and NETWARCOM Commander Vice Adm. H. Denby Starling II discuss strategy and policy initiatives that will strengthen the naval network environment for warfighting operations as well as business transactions.
In February, CHIPS joined Team SPAWAR in an exhibit at West 2009 in San Diego and the DON CIO at the DON IM/IT Conference held at the same time and location as West 2009. The DON IM/IT Conference was a great way to learn about new DON policy and projects and connect with colleagues.
See you at the East Coast DON IM/IT Conference, May 11-14, 2009, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The conference will be held at the same time and location as the Joint Warfighting Conference. Register for the DON IM/IT Conference by going to the DON CIO Web site: www.doncio.navy.mil.
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