Underwater domain awareness framework: A new perspective for the Indian Ocean Region
Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) has gained substantial global relevance post 9/11. In India, its emergence in the strategic discourse gained significance post the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. However, as a result, MDA has been reduced to a security-driven formulation, significantly limiting its growth and sustenance, said Dr (Cdr) Arnab Das, Founder and Director of the Maritime Research Centre, Pune. “So much so, that while India has a Military Maritime Strategy, it is yet to prepare a Maritime Strategy.” He was delivering a talk at ORF Mumbai on the topic of ‘Underwater Domain Awareness Framework: A New Perspective for the Indian Ocean Region’ on 23 January.
While MDA has remained captive to strategic thinking, one of its important subsets, i.e. Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA) framework transcends the security discourse and integrates all key stakeholders including the security apparatus, blue economic entities, environmental regulators and disaster management authorities, and science and technology providers) to facilitate pooling of resources and synergising efforts for ensuring safe, secure, sustainable growth for all in the region.
This report has been compiled by Ameya Mondkar, Associate Fellow, ORF Mumbai.
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