Maritime Surveillance Improvement Initiative Launched

NATO’s Digital Ocean Vision initiative will enhance maritime situational awareness for the security and defense of critical undersea infrastructure By Abi Wylie / 17 Oct 2023
Maritime Surveillance Improvement Initiative Launched
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NATO Defence Ministers and the Swedish Defence Minister have endorsed the Digital Ocean Vision, an initiative to enhance NATO’s maritime situational awareness from seabed to space. 

The Digital Ocean initiative will transform Allied maritime domain awareness by enhancing coordination between national and Allied capabilities employed for maritime surveillance. 

This includes a broad range of assets from satellites to autonomous systems below, on, and above the sea.

NATO has already set plans in motion to better address maritime threats. At the Vilnius Summit, NATO leaders agreed to establish NATO’s Maritime Centre for the Security of Critical Undersea Infrastructure within NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM) in the United Kingdom, to increase our situational awareness and enhance deterrence and defense in the maritime domain. 

Earlier this year, NATO also created a Critical Undersea Infrastructure Coordination Cell at NATO Headquarters in Brussels to improve information sharing and exchange best practices between NATO Allies, partners, and the private sector. 

The Digital Ocean Vision initiative will further enhance maritime situational awareness for the security of critical undersea infrastructure.

As a next step, NATO Allies will develop a roadmap to guide the future development of maritime capabilities in line with other efforts across the Alliance, including NATO’s Digital Transformation and the Defence Production Action Plan.

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