“Allied Maritime Strategy – The Means for Success in an Age of Great Power Competition”
The Kiel International Seapower Symposium 2019 addresses questions pertaining to NATO’s Allied Maritime Strategy. The key tenets of the current document, published in 2011, are in need of a revisiting in light of recent geopolitical developments, the reemergence of great power competition, and an ever-changing world. Future documents, operations, and policy will have to align with NATO’s emerging Strategic Concept while taking into account the key maritime interests that tie allies together. After addressing strategic maritime ‘ends’ in 2018, the 2019 convention will discuss the ‘means’ of allied maritime strategy in the 21st century. The ‘ways’ shall follow in 2020.
Panel 1: "You Cannot Surge Trust" - Implementing Maritime Strategy through Cooperation and Integration
Born out of necessity, maritime strategy has very often been about close cooperation at sea and, particularly, between naval forces. The strategic environment of the 21st century demands more from many countries: structural integration. Panel I explores some of the associated challenges: how to improve, coordinate, and align NATO and EU maritime efforts, small and large navies, and what the grand strategic great power competition implies. It also addresses the naval posture in terms of matériel and personnel.
The first panel was chaired by Dr. Sebastian Bruns, Center for Maritime Strategy & Security, Institute for Security Policy, Kiel.
Panel 2: Cross-Domain Challenges, Joint Responses? Maritime Strategy beyond the Water’s Edge
American army General Omar Bradley once famously quipped: “Amateurs talk strategy. Professionals talk logistics.” Of course, he could not foresee jointness, the 360° threat environment of the 21st century with its dizzying interconnectivity, and the multitude of cross-domain challenges at and from the sea. Panel II takes us beyond the naval and maritime realm. It discusses what air forces, armies, marines, coast guards, the space and cyber community, and other institutions can offer to implement allied maritime strategy and to achieve strategic ends.
The second panel was chaired by Brig Gen (ret.) Rainer Meyer zum Felde, Institute for Security Policy, Kiel.
Panel 3: Beyond the Maritime Strategy Crystal Ball – “Dare to share” Information, Intelligence, and Foresight
What we know now and expect about the future is more complex and uncertain, and certainly more voluminous, than ever before. At the same time, on the threshold to a world of autonomous systems complemented with the promises and perils of artificial intelligence, some very real-world power politics govern the policy and strategic planning of today. Panel III will address this dynamic and invite perspectives on the sharing of information, intelligence, and strategic foresight.
The third panel was chaired by Jeremy Stöhs, Center for Maritime Strategy & Security, Institute for Security Policy, Kiel.