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able and sustainable. “We must cooperate against these new dress transnational threats; C4ISR and networks; disruptive transnational threats and networks with teamwork: new ways technologies; surface operations and trends; underwater chal- to cooperate to ? nd, seize or destroy them in order to maintain lenges and opportunities; and maritime security technologies a stable order among the nations of the Western Hemisphere,” across ashore, such as the challenges of mines and explosive said retired Capt. Wayne Hughes, dean emeritus at NPS and a remnants of war.

founder of the LOC. “If we can advance the state of the art, “There needs to be a paradigm shift to get rid of unexplod- the results will be effective in other regions of the world as ed ordnance so communities can more quickly get back to a well.” sense of normality,” said retired British Army Lt. Col. David

Keynote speakers included Vice Adm. Leonardo Santama- Leigh, now of Kareem Service Ltd. ria Gaitan, Commander, Colombian Navy; Rear Adm. Bri- “All the pieces are here – from ships to intelligence to the an Hendrickson, Director, Theatre Engagement (J7), U.S. environment – for Columbia’s Navy to build upon their ability

Southern Command; Vice Adm. Ernesto Duran Gonzalez, to be dominant in their sovereign waters,” said Dave Forster

Chief of Naval Operations, Colombian Navy’s Strategic Di- of General Dynamics Mission Systems, who delivered a pre- rection; VADM Jorge Enrique Carreo Moreno PhD, Presi- sentation on underwater sensor networks. dent, COTECMAR, a public-private partnership that designs, “From the point of view of the LOC, we have always thought builds and repairs ships and craft for navies and the maritime the experience of other nations was important because you industry; and Almirante Bento Costa Lima Leite de Albuquer- have reason to focus on your own coastlines and nearby seas que Junior, Director General for Nuclear and Technological while the U.S. Navy has been used to either retaining sea con-

Development of the Brazilian Navy. trol in the open oceans or projecting the power of U. S. air and

A tour of the COTECMAR shipyard was conducted prior to missile strikes, Marines landings or Special Forces operations the conference. on the land side of the littorals. Therefore, we sponsor these

Panel discussions focused on regional cooperation to ad- conferences very much to listen and to learn,” said Hughes.

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