Operational Analysis at Combined Maritime Forces


  1. Wardrop, W.M.
  2. MacLeod, M.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);United Kingdom Maritime Warfare Centre, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Fareham (UK)
Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is a multi-national naval partnership, which exists to promote security, stability and prosperity across approximately 2.5 million square miles of international waters in the Middle East. This area of operations encompasses some of the world’s most used shipping choke points, including the Bab Al Mandeb and Straits of Hormuz. While Operational Analysts (OA) from four (US, AUS, UK and CAN) countries have conducted analysis to support command decision-making at both the headquarters and subordinate task force levels since 2006, there has been relatively little formal scientific publication of the work, even in internal reports. As such this paper will first provide an overview of the operation of CMF and its subordinate task forces, and the role of OA therein. Historical analysis projects have included reporting the relationship between the rate of seizures and other key factors such as deployment of forces, time, environmental factors and narcotic cultivation/production. The challenges of covering such a large area of operations with relatively few units, as well as for OA tracking and reporting realistic effectiveness will be included. Finally, recent attempts to deepen the analysis of the maritime pattern of life in the area will be discussed.
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P118 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Jul 2015
Number of Pages
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