Organized and executed by the Science and Technology Department (S&T) on behalf of the Director, NIM-Maritime, the Global Maritime Forum (GMF) is a three-day workshop designed to stimulate discussion and action on solutions to complex issues of technology and its effects on national maritime policy.
The GMF directly supports the NIM-Maritime S&T mission and strategic guidance as set forth by the Director of National Intelligence to engage academia, think tanks, the private sector, and foreign governments for a common understanding of the implications of emerging technologies in the maritime domain. It represents one of NMIO’s more ambitious outreach efforts in which leading US and international experts collaborate on presentations and panel discussions to explore and share technical information and formulate actionable recommendations for senior government officials.
Each year the Director, NIM-Maritime chairs the GMF in conjunction with a local partner and/or sponsor. In previous years, NIM-Maritime S&T has partnered and co-sponsored the GMF with Italian Navy and Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa, NASA AMES, the Applied Physics Lab (APL) at the University of Washington and the University of Liverpool. This year the GMF will be co-hosted by the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai’i and will address near- to mid-term seafloor infrastructure and technology in addition to autonomous and climatological influences on the subsea domain. The GMF 2021 theme is “Fathoming the Future: Examining Evolutionary Variables in a Multidimensional Maritime Domain.”