International NIAG

On May 10th and 11th, the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) and Chair of the Maritime Domain Awareness Executive Steering Committee, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will convene an international session of the National Maritime Interagency Advisory Group (NIAG).  The session will address ways to improve whole-of-government information sharing to address Indo-Pacific maritime security challenges. 

Due to space limitations, travel considerations, and conflicts with competing priorities we understand that not everyone interested in this subject will be able to participate in person.  But we still want your ideas, and you can participate in advance of the event.  We invite you to use the below form to submit your ideas on how to improve whole-of-government maritime information sharing to help nations counter the challenges of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, terrorism, and transnational organized crime.  These ideas could range from the policy, legal, and regulatory to technologically based to culturally or economically driven.

We recognize that in many ways the distinctions between each of the three challenges are artificial ones, as the actors and ideas on how to counter them often bleed across categorizations, so you can also note if an idea is applicable to all three challenges. 

 Some hypothetical examples include:
- Rotational duty assignments between fisheries ministries and other enforcement agencies (IUU)
- Awards for the proactive information sharers if their shared information leads to an arrest or disrupted operation (terrorism)
- Hotlines between different ministries' fusion centers (all)
- Weekly national level email digests consolidating each agency's items of interest (all)

Please note, for this exercise it's more important to generate numerous concepts than to provide thoroughly detailed plans for a single idea.

Ideas Solicitation
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About the NIAG

The NIAG is a U.S. Government-sponsored forum chartered to inform, lead, advocate, and pursue outreach to all aspects of the Global Maritime Community of Interest. The NIAG is also chartered to address the challenges listed in the National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan (NMDAP).