Pirates beware, the Department of Defense will begin funding a project aimed at developing web applications to help multinational navies police the world’s oceans.
The project will be run out of the Office of Naval Research.
The International Collaborative Development for Enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness was one of 14 projects selected by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to receive a $1 million award beginning this fall through the Coalition Warfare Program, which funds international collaborative research efforts.
The ICODE MDA project is a research alliance between ONR and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. ONR is partnering with scientists in Chile to build web-based applications for use by sailors and maritime operators to analyze data and other information to combat pirates, drug smugglers, arms traffickers, illegal fishermen and other nefarious groups.