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Maritime Defense and Security Research Program: Final Report, 2004-2011

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Final rept. Jan 2004-Sep 2011

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The Maritime Defense and Security Research Program MDSRP was part of the National Security Institute NSI -- a cooperative research institute whose members include the Naval Postgraduate School NPS, University of California at Santa Barbara UCSB, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory LLNL. The purpose of the MDSRP was to conduct, coordinate, and foster collaboration in maritime defense and security research, experimentation, and information exchange between partnership universities federal, state, and local agencies national laboratories maritime industry, and international partners through the NSI. During its 7-year operating period, the MDSRP created a community of interest with over 1,000 members inspired interagency cooperation through meetings, symposia, and short education programs motivated interdisciplinary research and experimentation in maritime domain awareness, national maritime policy, and counter-piracy and created a venue for government, industry, and academia to address maritime security issues. In collaboration with other sponsors, the MDSRP also underwrote several major field experimentations at NPS, including the maritime interdiction experimentation by Tactical Network Topology TNT, the Coalition Operating Area Surveillance and Targeting System COASTS, and the Seaweb system of networked underwater sensors. Other programs receiving MDSRP funding include the NPS Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences GSEAS maritime domain awareness MDA work and environmental impact on sensors. The MDSRP also gave initial funding to the Maritime Information Sharing Task Force MIST, which continues to hold workshops in several U.S. domestic regional ports to research policy barriers to information exchange between commercial entities and government agencies. This report summarizes the program goals, activities, and accomplishments from its creation in 2004 to the close of the funding line at the end of fiscal year 2011.

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  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Marine Engineering
  • Civil Defense

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