Today’s maritime law enforcement and security organizations face unprecedented challenges in the current complex and hostile world in effectively accomplishing their mission. There is a critical need to effectively and rapidly develop, exploit, and disseminate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance services/products to the Federal, local, state, tribal, territorial, international, private and public (FSLTIPP) maritime community, and train them in the use of those services/products to ensure the right skills, information, and tools are available to succeed in a network-centric environment. NMIO’s mission is to enable the conditions for the Global Maritime Community of Interest (GMCOI) to effectively identify, locate, and track maritime threats to the interests of the U.S. and its partners. To do so requires accurate, relevant, timely and predictive intelligence that enables FLSTIPP law enforcement and security organizations to respond to threats as early as possible. Providing support for that action; NMIO assists and participates in evaluating and supporting technological innovation initiatives, delivering and highlighting opportunities for collaboration and information sharing, support development of an enterprise maritime information sharing system, and accelerating solutions to collaboration and information sharing obstacles.
Following the installation and maintenance of a new information sharing architecture for the participating U.S. agencies (U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)), CoSSaR will conduct an “as-is study” to identify existing maritime information sharing practices (as-is model), and will capture the impact of improved maritime data sharing in Puget Sound between the governments of Canada and the United States (to-be model). The study will inform NMIO, and moreover, USCG, CBP and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) leadership on how an improved system of maritime surveillance information is needed to provide better intelligence support to maritime law enforcement and other maritime operations.