The Future Maritime Operating Environment and the Role of Naval Power

Analysis / July 18, 2016

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) recently published a new scientific report titled, The Future Maritime Operating Environment and the Role of Naval Power. It is intended to inform future analysis of the environment in which the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is likely to operate and to inform the preparation of both future doctrine and concepts. This report underscores the strategic relevance of naval power in a future that will be characterised by maritime considerations that appear to be growing in significance, in terms of socio-economic and political impact. Second, while the subject matter and conclusions are not exclusively Canadian in their focus, they are nonetheless directly relevant to the preparation of assessments of Canada’s maritime strategic interests and the capabilities required to address those interests. Although the report is not specifically about Canada’s interaction with the maritime environment, it highlights issues that will be addressed by both RCN planning and force development.