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Events 26 January 2015 – 30 January 2015

This is a roundup of events we think our readers and members might find interesting. Inclusion does not equal endorsement, all descriptions are the events’ own. Think of one we should inclcalendarude? Email Emil Maine at


Upcoming CIMSEC Events

26 February - Washington, DC - “CIMSEC 2014 Conference: Engaging Our Analysts on the Issues” –  5:00-7:30pm, more details soon.


26 January 2015 – 30 January 2015 Events of Interest

26 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Rumi Forum – Where is Turkey Headed? Culture Battles in Turkey with Rainer Hermann

26-28 January 2015 – Genoa, IT – Surface Warship - “Surface Warships 2015 Conference”

27 January 2015 – Washington, DC – CSBA – Maritime Competition in a Mature Precision-Strike Regime

27 January 2015 – Washington, DC – US Institute of Peace – After Peshawar: Domestic Security in Pakistan

28 January 2015 – San Diego, CA – theATHENA project and SSC Pacific Grassroots S&T - Learn Warfighting Needs Workshop 

28 January 2015 – Washington, DC – National Archives - Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal 

28 January 2015 – Washington, DC – CNAS - “The Third U.S. Offset Strategy and its Implications for Partners and Allies” 

28 January 2015 – Canberra, Australia – ANU - Is the ‘Islamic State’ vanquishable?” 

28 January 2015 – Washington, DC – The Heritage Foundation - Department in Transition: Challenges and Opportunities Facing SecDef Nominee Ashton Carter

28 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Center on Global Interests – Russia 2015: Economic Outlook

28 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Nuclear Proliferation International History Project, Wilson Center – Australia and the Bomb

28 January 2015 – Washington, DC – US Institute of Peace – Global Security and Gender – A Forum with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström” 

29 January 2015 – Washington, DC – The Heritage Foundation - A New Foreign Policy Agenda: Looking Toward 2016 Co-hosted by The Project for the Common Defense

29 January 2015 – Washington, DC – CSIS – Asia Pacific Forecast 2015

29 January 2015 – Washington, DC – New America Foundation – Interrogation in the 21st Century

29 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Brookings – Cambodia and the International Community: Trials in Reconstruction and Foreign Assistance

29 January 2015 – Honolulu, HI – COMPACFLT Innovation Center – ‘Fix’ The Fleet Innovation Discussion

29 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Project for Study of the 21st Century + YPFP – Avoiding Disaster in a New Era of Superpower Tension

30 January 2015 – New York, NY – Carnegie Council – “Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe” ft George Friedman, Stratfor

30 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Atlantic Council – Toward a Transatlantic Strategy for Europe’s East

30 January 2015 – Washington, DC – Institute of World Politics – Spies and Intelligence: The American Revolution and Contemporary Parallels

31 January 2015 – Washington, DC – GWU – Shrouded Promise: A Simulation of Sino-African Relations in the Heart of Africa


Long-range Events

03 February 2015 – New Delhi, India – National Maritime Foundation – “Maritime Cooperation in the Northern Bay of Bengal

04 February 2015 – Washington, DC – Amphibious Warship Industrial Base – U.S. Navy Amphibious Warship Forum

10-12 February 2015 – San Diego, CA – USNI/AFCEA – “West Conference”

12-13 February 2015 – Gaithersburg, MD – Global City Teams Challenge – “Tech Jam”

12 February 2015 – London, UK – IISS – “Launch of the Military Balance 2014″

23 February – April 2015 – Online – Harvard/EdX – “Free Online Course: Central Challenges of American National Security, Strategy and the Press

4-6 March 2015 – Kiel, Germany – Future Ocean – “Ocean Sustainability Science Symposium”

12 March 2015 – Washington, DC – Jamestown Foundation – “Fifth Annual China Defense and Security Conference”

30 March-01 April – Canberra, Australia – ASPI – “Australia’s Future Surface Fleet Conference

17-18 April 2015 – Portsmouth, UK – National Museum of the Royal Navy – “Statesmen & Seapower”

13-17 May 2015 – Monterey, CA – North American Society for Oceanic History – “Pacific – The Peaceful Ocean?”

29-30 May 2015 – Providence, RI – North American Society for Oceanic History – “50th Anniversary Gaspee Days Maritime History / Maritime Studies Symposium”

9-11 July 2015 – Canberra, Australia – Australian National University – “SDSC Conference 2015: Pacific War” (Paper Proposals Due 15 Jan)

23-26 September 2015 – Giardnini Naxos, Sicily – EISA – “Pan European Conference on Maritime Security” (Paper Proposals Due 15 Jan)

10-11 Oct 2015 – Philadelphia, PA – Temple – “U.S. Bases and the Construction of Hegemony”

Innovation at the Naval Postgraduate School: JIFX 15-2


The U.S. Navy looks set to lead a bit of joint maritime innovation experimentation in February. According to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)’s Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) Program website, the latest interagency field experimentation , set to run 9-13 February, will have a maritime setting and focus.  NPS will host  “JIFX 15-2” at the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration Facility in Alameda, CA, in a port facility and aboard a military cargo ship.  Per the primary request for information from NPS, people wanting to conduct experiments on “any and all technologies relevant to the maritime domain” were encouraged to apply. While the initial deadline for such applicants has past, those looking to attend as an observant can still do so here until 04 February.

One of the many specific areas of interest for this JIFX includes (e) Deployable Infrastructure, Power & Water:

  1. Deployed Infrastructure Building and Maintenance. Support building partnerships and stability operations through building infrastructure capabilities. Ability to reduce time and money spent increasing safety and operational capacity. Areas of interest include solutions that can assist in dust abatement, forward operating base maintenance with roads, runways, tarmacs construction & repair, expeditionary shelter support and efforts addressing fortification and ballistics. Using non-specialized equipment needed for most applications, rapidly deployable and customizable to the region of operations as needed.
  1. Deployable Lighting Technologies. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are preferred. Potential solutions would be blackout capable and would be easily camouflaged for stealth day/night operations and would need to be ruggedized for all weather use and minimize energy requirements.
  1. Energy efficiencies. Solutions sought will explore renewable energy sources for mobile and austere environments; reductions in fossil fuel consumption; fused sources including diesel, wind, solar, etc.; energy saving technologies for shelter, transportation, and portable IT systems (to include DC systems, chill water cooling, ambient cooling, cloud computing); alternative shelters and HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) systems that address a reduction in energy needs, deployable field feeding systems that take into account weight, size, and avoid fuel-fired cooking appliances; deployable self-sustaining waste-to-energy  systems capable of handling approximately 1 ton per day, fit into a 1/3 of a 20ft ISO container, and with no hazardous emissions.
  1. Water Generation and Purification Systems. Solutions other than commercially procured bottled water and current Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units (ROWPUs) are sought. Potential solutions might include atmospheric water solutions, black & gray water re-use systems, and new reverse osmosis technologies that incorporate reductions in energy demand.
  1. Safe (non-propagation/non-flammable) Lithium batteries or any related technologies (underwater submersible or like-type platforms).

This post was originally published on the Blue Value Facilities Engineering Blog and was re-published by permission. 


10659288_848717288494821_2835772234374874710_nJoin our DC chapter for its January DC-area informal meet-up/happy hour. With the Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium in town we’ll be piggy-backing off the event and meeting at Hearthstone Pizza Bistro in Crystal City. We’ll be chatting about the symposium, listening to short presentations on risks in the Taiwan Strait and Mozambique Channel, and enjoying some pizza and drinks.

Time: Tuesday, 13 January 6:00-9:00pm
Presentations at 7:00
PlaceHearthstone Pizza Bistro
507 23rd St South, Arlington VA (Crystal City Metro stop)

Read-aheads for those interested:
– “Navigating the Black Ditch: Risks in the Taiwan Strait” Scott Cheney-Peters
– “The Forgotten Chokepoint: The Mozambique Channel’s Rich Past and Bright but Insecure Future,” Louis Bergeron

All are welcome – RSVPs not required, but appreciated:

CIMSEC’s First UK Chapter Meet-up Recap

External view of Stonehouse Barracks

In early November, the UK Chapter of CIMSEC hosted its first official meet-up at Stonehouse Royal Marine Barracks in Plymouth. The atmosphere was very lively and the air was thick with intense discussion and debate about a range of maritime and security issues including international counter-piracy strategy, the modern utility of aircraft carriers, the role of the Royal Marines and the even the future of the British military itself. Whilst some of us had come only a short distance, several people had journeyed from hundreds of miles away to attend the gathering. Yet all of us were there to meet each other, make new friends, talk and ultimately indulge our mutual interest of maritime security.

As well as being part of CIMSEC’s editorial staff I am also the UK Chapter President. As I am sure other chapter presidents will tell you, organising events can be ‘challenging’. Trying to find mutually suitable dates, arranging meet-up times, the prospect of travel and accommodation and the task of coordinating it all, is a difficult (but a highly rewarding) process, yet in my case the biggest issue was venue. The members of the UK Chapter are scattered across the country and to get maximum attendance at our first official event I wanted a venue with a distinct maritime or military significance. A venue that would stand-out and encourage people to get in their cars! Yet where was to I find such a place? Happily this was solved with the help of a very good friend of mine WO1 (RSM) Steph Moran RM and the generosity of 30 Commando Royal Marines who invited us into the Sergeants Mess at Stonehouse Barracks where we were welcomed with open arms!

Before moving on to discus the event itself, I would like to briefly tell you more about the venue and its significance. Like many British military establishments Stonehouse Barracks has a prestigious history. It was constructed in 1781 and the first troops occupied the barracks in 1783. Over the years, successive wars have resulted in several extensions of Stonehouse Barracks, notably; the Crimea War of the 1850’s which demanded further accommodation, when the East Block was extended and in 1882, the year of the Anglo-Egyptian War, the resplendent Globe theatre was constructed. To this day Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, as their cap badge depicts, are still deployed in conflict situations across the globe. Their Barracks, although progressively updated, still displays the architectural heritage of the 19th century, with the essence of the Corps ingrained in its stonework. With this backdrop the CIMSEC UK Chapter hosted its inaugural event.

Inside the Sgts Mess

As well as its location this event was also fairly unique in that it was held over the course of two days. The first night (Saturday) was spent with everyone getting to know each other, enjoying the buffet and facilities of the Mess and debating a wide variety of issues. After talking long into the evening it was with regret that some of our number had to depart but most of us retired to the rooms, each of which had its own military character, kindly arranged by RSM Moran prepared for us by the Mess staff.

UK Chapter meet-up 09-11-14 Wreath laying
From left to right: Unknown Royal Navy Lt Cmdr, Dr. Alexander Clarke and author (Chris Stockdale-Garbutt)
Plymouth Naval Memorial

Sunday morning (Remembrance Sunday) was met with reveille, a room inspection and a parade ground muster, well not quite! We were actually greeted in the Mess by a very convivial breakfast made for us by Mess stewards. Without exception everyone opted for the traditional ‘Full-English’, which was absolutely superb. After breakfast we all walked down to the city to join the Royal Marines and thousands of other service personnel and civilians for the Remembrance Day Services being held on Plymouth Hoe. After observing the traditional two minute silence and singing the National Anthem (God Save the Queen) Dr Alexander Clarke (fellow CIMSEC member/contributor and Principal Researcher with the Phoenix Think Tank) and I, laid wreaths at the base of the Plymouth Naval Memorial on behalf of our respective groups in honour of the fallen. Each of us who attended had our own personal memories of those who had served or given the ultimate sacrifice, allowing us to enjoy liberty today.

Over the years I have attended and participated in a number of Remembrance Services, yet this year [2014] has been a particularly poignant and special time. I have shared this important day with many remarkable people standing on the Hoe and walked amidst the shadow of men and women who have fallen in conflict. For many nations across the globe this year marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War but also recognises the  many thousands of men and women that have fallen since that time. Each year the names of the fallen in conflict in that year are read out, let us hope that the time will come when those names eventually fall silent.

I would like to express my sincerest thanks to everyone who attended the event, it was really good to meet to with you all and I hope to see you again in the New Year. I would also like to give special thanks to RSM Moran and all the staff of the Sgt’s Mess at 30 Commando Brigade for their kindness and hospitality in making the first official meet-up of the CIMSEC such a memorable event.

Group shot of some of the members.’ From left to right: RSM Steph Moran, Stefan Schilling, me, Dr Alexander Clarke, Geoff Farmiloe and Alan ‘Willie’ Thornewil.
‘Group shot of some of the members.’ From left to right: RSM Steph Moran, Stefan Schilling, author, Dr Alexander Clarke, Geoff Farmiloe and Alan ‘Willie’ Thornewil.

We have been invited back to Stonehouse for a future event and I am planning on hosting a meeting there during the early part of 2015. As well as arranging this, I’m the throes of organising several other events and will be sure to keep everyone posted as to the details, so for those UK members who could not attend this time, I very much hope you’ll be able to come to one of these meet-ups. I look forward very much to meeting with you.

Finally, if anyone would like to suggest a venue for the UK Chapter, please contact me on

About the author:

Chris Stockdale-Garbutt

Chris Stockdale-Garbutt holds B.A (Hons.) in History and an M.A. in Applied Strategy and International Security from the University of Plymouth and the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth Strategy and Security Studies Group. He joined CIMSEC in December 2013 and takes an active role within CIMSEC, serving as an associate editor, a panelist on the East Atlantic Sea Control podcast and UK Chapter President. He is currently studying for a PhD in maritime peace and stability operations with the Defense Studies Department at King’s College London.




CIMSEC High School Scholarship Essay Contest

The Center for International Maritime Security is pleased to announce our first annual Maritime Security Scholarship Essay Contest. In an effort to further our mission of spreading awareness of security issues impacting the ocean commons, CIMSEC is issuing  a call for papers from secondary school students around the world. It’s time to put on your nautical caps and think, read, and write about maritime security. A broad range of paper topics are encouraged, but should exhibit an awareness and interest in maritime or naval affairs. Submissions will be judged on originality of thought, logic, and ability to demonstrate the importance of the chosen topic to maritime security.


  • First Place: “Hipple Essay Prize” – $500 US
  • Second Place – $250 US
  • Honorable Mention – $150 US

Prize winners and other exceptional essays will be published on CIMSEC’s “Next War Blog.”

Eligibility: The contest is open to any Secondary/High School Student, internationally. Submissions should include proof of student status (copy of student ID or transcript) along with the entrant’s full name and address.

Deadline: Contest entries are due no later than 15 January 2015 and the winners will be announced in the early spring.

Submissions: Entries of no more than 1,500 words in length should be emailed in Microsoft Word or .pdf format to  Submissions will only be accepted in English, but we will be happy to help with light editing for non-native English speaking entries.

Unmanned Autonomous Systems Countermeasures NATO Workshop

It is common sense that Unmanned Autonomous Systems can be used against NATO populations and forces – but beyond the public perception of this threat, there is a need for an expert level debate that will produce a thorough understanding of the challenges and initiate the development of efficient response options. This is what NATO Transformation Command is addressing with this online and in-person workshop.



The workshop is gathering experts from all backgrounds: Government, Military, NATO, Academia, Industry … to address all aspects (operational, autonomy related, legal, legitimacy, financial and ethical) of the proliferation of Unmanned & Autonomous systems in ground, air, sea and telecoms dimensions. The aim is to identify the best options to counter Unmanned & Autonomous systems and to provide senior policy makers and industry with guidance on related future implications and requirements.


(sign up online first to gain access to online event registration)

Join now the brainstorming in the online forum at 

The WORKSHOP: 9-11 Dec 14

The forum findings will be exploited during the workshop when everyone will be able to join live online or onsite at the Innovation Hub:


Innovation Research Park @ ODU
4111 Monarch Way # 4211, Norfolk, Virginia 23508

Email registration request to:
with the following information:

First Name :
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Serge Da Deppo is an information officer at the NATO ACT Innovation Hub.

CIMSEC Holiday Party

restaurant-exteriorJoin our HQ chapter for its informal holiday party/happy hour. We will be meeting at The Front Page on Dupont Circle to share stories and news of the maritime world, meet new friends, and share a drink with old ones.

Time: Wednesday, 10 December 6:00-8:00pm
Place: The Front Page (Take the south exit). Enter through the lobby of the Robert S Strauss Building (1333 19th St. NW) – the entrance to the bar is to the immediate right. We will be in the elevated seating area to the right as you enter.

All are welcome – RSVPs not required, but appreciated: