Maximize Maritime Partnerships
By By Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Lieutenant Fred Bertsch, and Commander Bill Csisar, U.S. Coast Guard; and Joe DiRenzo III
The 2007 Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, signed and released by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, mandates the employment of maritime forces as "a unifying force for
building a better tomorrow," in particular to "build confidence and trust among nations through collective security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests in an open, multi-polar world." This will involve unprecedented cooperation and joint activity, both nationally and internationally.
As the global economy continues to mature, international partnerships are critical for everyone's prosperity and security, especially in the maritime domain. New and expanding challenges such as shipping, energy development, resource extraction, and the opening of new shipping lanes add to the demand on maritime forces.