Public Event: Applying Space Tech to Maritime Domain Awareness in the South China Sea
As the South China Sea continues to grow in importance as a major thoroughfare for trade, freedom of navigation operations, and military reconnaissance, the importance of establishing effective maritime domain awareness (MDA)—a nation’s understanding of any maritime activities that impact its security, safety, environment, or economy—also grows. Simultaneously, bad actors seeking to evade detection are aided by the high traffic through this region and the sheer size of its waters. Effective MDA in the South China Sea must therefore integrate spatial tools like small satellites and big data analysis to collect and parse sufficient information to inform the actions of law enforcement agencies.
This event will convene experts in geopolitics, maritime security, and space technologies to address the policy questions stemming from these realities. These individuals hail from a specialized working group brought together by the Mansfield Foundation from across the United States, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, who will be sharing policy recommendations for improving MDA in the South China Sea. Panel 1 will focus on the background against which their policy recommendations were conceived, while Panel 2 outlines the recommendations and next steps for all five participant nations.
Funding for this event is provided by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo through an open grant competition award.
2:30 – 2:40
2:40 – 3:00
3:00 – 3:30
Panel 1, “Why Effective Maritime Domain Awareness Is Necessary in the South China Sea”
Electronic Warfare Specialist
Hong Thao Nguyen
Senior Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Executive Director, Japan Space Forum
3:30 – 3:45
Lightning Round Q&A on Panel 1
In order to maximize the number of questions that can be asked in a short period, we will challenge the presenters to answer audience questions within 1 minute or less.
3:45 – 4:15
Panel 2, “Policy Recommendations To Realize Effective MDA in the South China Sea”
Senior Advisor, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Research Officer, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Petty Officer First Class Mark Alvin Yuzon
National Coast Watch Center, Philippines
Dr. Anna Moore
Director, Institute of Space, Australia National University
Dr. Setsuko Aoki
Professor, Keio University School of Law
4:15 – 4:30