Maritime Strategy and Security

Maritime Strategy

Our research in maritime strategy encompasses:

  • maritime strategic thought
  • the context of geopolitical traditions
  • the development of national maritime strategy and sea power
  • naval and joint maritime concepts
  • naval and strategic history

A particular focus of our research is the contemporary application of sea power and maritime strategy throughout the increasingly contested waters of the Indo-Pacific region. 

Maritime Security

Our research in maritime security involves policy, legal, technological and at-sea enforcement aspects. It encompasses:

  • maritime border protection
  • the safety and security of shipping and global supply chains
  • security of offshore industries and infrastructure
  • maritime domain awareness (MDA) and vessel tracking
  • national systems for the coordination of surveillance, enforcement and information sharing
  • maritime security concepts
  • national maritime security policy and strategy

Maritime security research at ANCORS has a global coverage, with particular expertise of Indo-Pacific sub-regions. Our legal and policy research has a strong focus on post-9/11 terrorism threats and counter-terrorism regulations, and counter-piracy initiatives. Our MDA experience includes collaboration with government, industry and regional organizations to establish the ANCORS Vessel Tracking Initiative (VTI).

Australia’s Contribution to Alliance Strategy for the Western Pacific, 2025-2030

This project adopts a strategy approach linking policy to ends, ways and means to highlight potential strategy deficits in Australian, alliance and coalition defence planning for maritime operations in the western Pacific in the 2025-2030 timeframe.

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