08
July 2024
Past Event
Maritime Security and Next-Generation Technologies: A Platform for Cooperation between NATO and Its Asia-Pacific Partners

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: msnow@hudson.org

Maritime Security and Next-Generation Technologies: A Platform for Cooperation between NATO and Its Asia-Pacific Partners

Past Event
Hudson Institute
July 08, 2024
An Italian explosive ordnance disposal team operates an unmanned underwater vehicle in NATO Exercise Dynamic Messenger in Portugal on September 29, 2022. (NATO via Flickr)
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An Italian explosive ordnance disposal team operates an unmanned underwater vehicle in NATO Exercise Dynamic Messenger in Portugal on September 29, 2022. (NATO via Flickr)
08
July 2024
Past Event

Event will also air live on this page.

 

Inquiries: msnow@hudson.org

Speakers:
Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO
Benedetta Berti

Head of Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary General, NATO

Tsuneo Watanabe, Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Tsuneo Watanabe

Senior Research Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Peter Rough Hudson Institute
Peter Rough

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Europe and Eurasia

kenneth-weinstein
Kenneth R. Weinstein

Japan Chair

Moderator:
liselotte_odgaard
Liselotte Odgaard

Senior Fellow (Nonresident)

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Moving the partnership between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its Asia-Pacific partners from dialogue to cooperation is becoming increasingly urgent as Russia and China create a two-front challenge for the United States and its allies. But maritime security, hybrid warfare challenges, and increasing automation are ideal points of departure to get cooperation off the ground.

Rapid technological change and global interconnection have changed the maritime threat environment and the capabilities that nations use to address it. Maritime hybrid warfare threats from Russia and China are on the rise. These operations are generally conducted in coastal waters and feature the use of civilian and coast guard vessels manned by non-uniformed personnel armed with off-the-shelf systems. 

Are the US and its allies prepared for these threats? Warships are expensive and should be built to last 30 years or more. But the frequent emergence of new threats involving complex actors challenges ships’ lifespans. In the Russia-Ukraine War and in Operation Prosperity Guardian in the Red Sea, allies and partner forces shoot down cheap enemy drones with missiles that cost millions.

Should Washington and its allies build smaller and cheaper ships and create redundancy to reduce vulnerability? Can the defense industry develop laser technology to shoot down enemy drones and replace expensive missiles? Can greater flexibility, rather than specialization, guide the development of warships to prepare them for a variety of complex threats? Is US and allied ship production sufficient to meet the demand for affordable capabilities at a time when national defenses are stretched thin?

Hudson’s Liselotte Odgaard will moderate a panel with Benedetta Berti, the head of policy planning in the Office of the NATO Secretary General, Tsuneo Watanabe, senior fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Senior Fellow Peter Rough, and Japan Chair Ken Weinstein to discuss these issues.

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