This article is evidence of the alarming misunderstanding that permeates much of the thinking about maritime domain awareness. Their argument is that these bad actors will exploit the free-access to systems to prey upon unsuspecting merchant shipping or that state actors will use the system to shut down lawful transit of territorial waters. …
Even if you wanted to make AIS and LRIT go away, they are here to stay. It is nonsense to think they can somehow be turned off. ... Maritime domain awareness may not be an unmitigated public good. But it is certainly preferable to maritime domain blindness.
— ROLF YNGVE RESPONDS TO THE ARTICLE “OFF COURSE” BY CMDR. JAMES KRASKA AND CAPT. BRIAN WILSON, NOVEMBER AFJ. (www.armedforcesjournal.com/2009/11/4228257)
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