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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