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When it comes to maritime warfare, intelligence is an integral part of the ISTAR Process (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance); a military model that illustrates the role and value of surveillance in the decision-making process during an attack.
Since surveillance is limited to what you can see visually (known as your ‘organic sensor picture’) using either radar or AIS, intelligence is used to extend this picture to infinity. By using intelligence in your planning process, it is possible to prevent being detected by pirates in the first instance. Where you cannot avoid detection, intelligence is critical in every phase of the process by increasing your situational awareness; increasing the speed of your decision-making and consequently reducing your reaction time. Early detection and early reaction maximises the probability of successfully defending against an attack.
Understanding the ISTAR process is especially important in asymmetric warfare, typically piracy, where a ‘weaker’, unsophisticated combatant is able to defeat a larger, ‘stronger’, more sophisticated combatant due to their surveillance advantage, i.e. the small vessel can see the larger vessel before they can be seen. This advantage allows pirates to make a covert approach to larger vessels who are debilitated due to their restricted reaction times.
Building an intelligence picture
At Dryad Maritime, we collate, verify and analyse vast quantities of data relating to the hostile, neutral, friendly and environmental factors that can impact on the maritime security landscape. We do this 24-hours a day using our extensive network of independent sources to enhance and substantiate the open source data available; also enabling us to report on incidents often outside of the public domain.
Our analysts assess the data relative to the Dryad’s comprehensive incident database whilst drawing on their own naval and warfare experience to help determine the impact of the data on the maritime landscape and create a risk surface prediction.
What does this mean for you?
A Single Source of Information
News aggregation is done for you; enhanced with our own independent network of sources
Fast Reporting of Incidents
24/7 monitoring of the maritime threat & near real-time reporting
Accurate, timely and succinct; facilitates more informed decision making
Expert & Reliable Recommendations
Unrivaled experience & skill set means Dryad is uniquely placed to offer risk mitigation advice