The 2015 ATAC Anti-Piracy Conference Sponsored by Maritime Executive
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About: 2015 ATAC – Anti-Piracy Conference in conjunction with the 2015 ATAC – Range Day™
The first event of its kind, the annual ATAC Anti-Piracy Conference is an international think tank focusing on maritime security and anti-piracy in East and West Africa, Strait of Malacca, Singapore Straits. The think tank brings together subject matter experts (SMEs) to discuss the most current and effective piracy solutions and includes state-of-the-art anti-piracy technology. ATAC University will host sought after SMEs from around the globe who will give presentations and engage discussion forums during the one-day event.
The one-day conference and think tank will take place from 0900 to 1600 on 18 January 2015, the day prior to the world-renowned, exclusive, annual ATAC Range Day. Think tank participants and attendees are not required to attend ATAC Range Day® but may so if desired.
Think tank participants will engage with C-Suite members from all sectors of the maritime industry that are affected by modern-day piracy, including shipping, energy, finance, military, and capacity building. The goal of the event is to create a meaningful interface of all sector participants in order to develop viable solutions to the piracy threats affecting the maritime industry and the global economy.
ATAC Range Day® and ATAC Counter-Piracy Conference 2015 will begin taking reservations September 1st, 2014. Each exhibitor must be registered prior to September 1st to receive the promotional rates. Standard rates start October 3rd, 2014.
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- 2015 ATAC – Anti-Piracy Conference™ – Sunday, January 18th.
Some of the topics subject matter experts (SME) will be speaking:
- “Enhanced interpersonal communications in high threat situations” Former military interrogator shares how to read body language, detect deception and build rapport. How to conduct yourself to keep yourself alive if ever being held hostage.
- The dynamics of port security and it’s vulnerabilities to terrorism, piracy, espionage and attacks on infrastructure.
- Superior weaponry that is mission specific to counter-piracy security operations.
- Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well-Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments.
- Maritime Terrorism and Piracy: Understanding the Difference and their Impact on the Maritime Industry.
John Campbell comes from an extensive, unparallelled foreign service background. He is the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York and the author of many expert pieces on Africa policy including his published work, “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink.” In addition to writing a blog titled “Africa in Transition” Campbell also edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.
For more than three decades (1975-2007) Ambassador Campbell served as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer, serving twice in Nigeria, as political counselor (1988-1990) and as ambassador (2004 to 2007). In addition, Ambassador Campbell’s overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. He served as deputy assistant secretary for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs.
From 2007 to 2008, he was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was also a Department of State mid-career fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Prior to his career in the Foreign Service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.
Ambassador Campbell received a BA and MA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in seventeenth century English history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Rear Adm. Terence “Terry” McKnight, USN (Retired)
Terry McKnight, is a retired admiral of the United States Navy and the first commanding officer of Task Force 151, a multi-national force to confront piracy. In addition to an array of personal decorations and commands to include the 85th Commandant of Naval District Washington and the Deputy Commander of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, Admiral McKnight is also an accomplished writer. The author of Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia, he has written several articles on maritime security that have appeared in a multitude of international and domestic newspapers and magazines. He continues to lecture extensively on the issues of global maritime piracy.
His formal education includes a master’s degree in International Relations as well as a graduate of the U.S Army War College.
Terrance Brennan, U.S. Coast Guard
Terry is an ATAC Global staff advisor, assisting in ATAC Global’s maritime security program. Chief Warrant Officer Terry Brennan spent 28 years in the military. He has served in the Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard. An adept port security specialist, both on active duty and in the reserve who has deployed to various parts of the world in 1995, 96, 97, 99, 2000, and 2005. After the attacks on the twin towers Mr. Brennan was deployed to the Port Mina Sulman, Bahrain on Sept 2001. His duties included, escorting high value warships and boarding hundreds of foreign flagged vessels before being assigned Tactical Action Officer for the port. In November 2002 he was assigned to Naval Coastal Warfare and redeployed to the Port of Ash Shuaybah Kuwait. As the Base Cluster Operations Center supervisor & Provost Marshal for the port, camp, and fuel depot, his duties included; directing FP activities and information tracking capabilities, conducting refinery and chemical facilities vulnerability studies to include camp evacuations plans for 4300 servicemen. Returning to the reserves Mr. Brennan worked as a security consultant for the Department of State and as Coast Guard Reserve Facilities Inspector in the Port of New Orleans, then the Senior Reserve Officer for the Tactical Law Enforcement unit in San Diego.
Dan is a former Navy SEAL with over 10 years of experience between three different SEAL teams. He was a former SEAL Team 6 sniper and is an active counter-piracy team member. Dan is an ATAC Global staff advisor, assisting in ATAC Global’s maritime security program. Dan has created a solid reputation as an experienced maritime security team leader and consultant. He has led shipboard security details for several years on both US and Foreign vessels around the globe. Dan works with the ATAC staff on researching and improving the current maritime industry standards. He has developed the specialized team concept of maritime security as well as weaponry solely for use by private maritime contractors.
Ms. Sisco is a former Department of Defense (DoD) certified Military Interrogator and Naval Officer who served in the Global War on Terror. She is the recipient of the Joint Service and the Navy/Marine Corp Commendation and Achievement Medals. Ms. Sisco has 14 years experience in the field of Human Intelligence (HUMINT). She has worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency and partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in HUMINT Collection Activities. Ms. Sisco has been training DoD personnel in interrogation, tactical questioning/debriefing, site exploitation, elicitation, counter-elicitation, cross cultural communications, HUMINT policy, detecting deception and behavioral congruency for over 10 years. In addition to instructing, Ms. Sisco has developed courses and training curriculums and is Instructional Systems Design certified. Prior to her career in HUMINT, she received her Master’s Degree from Brown University.
Chris Rawley – Vice President, Center for International Maritime Security
Mr. Rawley has more than two decades of experience in maritime security and counter-terrorism. A Captain (select) in the Navy Reserve, Chris has deployed to the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa with special operations and naval expeditionary units. Most recently he was the inaugural commander for Special Operations Command Forward – East Africa. Chris has held management positions with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. He has an MBA and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.
Dr. Peter Chalk, – Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation, United States
Dr Peter Chalk is a Senior Policy Analyst with the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California. He has worked on a range of projects examining soft power “diplomacy,” civil-military relations, security sector reform, international peace operations and unconventional sub-state threats in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles on these subjects and has testified on several occasions before the U.S. Congress. He is also a regular commentator on mainstream media outlets in the United States, Australia, Canada and Europe.
Dr. Chalk is a lifetime member of Cambridge Who’s Who and is Associate Editor of Studies in Conflict Terrorism – one of the foremost journals in the international security field. He serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a specialist correspondent for Jane’s Intelligence Review and Oxford Analytica in London, U.K.
Prior to joining RAND, Dr Chalk was an Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre of the Australian National University, Canberra.
Apart from his academic posts, Dr Chalk has acted as a research consultant in the UK, Canada and Australia and has experience with the UK Armed Forces.
Dr. Molly Dunigan – RAND Corporation
Dr. Molly Dunigan has worked as a Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation since 2008. Her research interests include private security contracting, civil–military relations, irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, security force assistance, maritime security, and arms control. Prominent among Dr. Dunigan’s published work are her 2011 book Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies’ Impact on Military Effectiveness (Stanford University Press, 2011) and the RAND reports Hired Guns: Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Cotton et al., 2010), Characterizing and Exploring the Implications of Maritime Irregular Warfare (Dunigan et al., 2012) and Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well-Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments (Dunigan et al., 2013). She serves as a manuscript reviewer for multiple university presses and refereed journals, including Stanford University Press, Toronto University Press, Security Studies, and the Journal of International Relations and Development. Dunigan’s publications have been reviewed in Military Review, the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, the Journal of Military History, Survival, andParameters, and her op-eds have appeared in The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor. Molly received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2008, where she specialized in International Relations and Military Studies.
Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. Clay has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for 38 years and is now a managing partner of the company, which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry – the third largest registry in the world. He is President of the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands (TCMI), the statutory Maritime Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Prior to the year 2000, Clay held similar positions with regard to the maritime administration of the Republic of Liberia. Among his other affiliations: Director of the Coast Guard Foundation and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Foundation; Member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and of the National Cargo Bureau; Founding Chairman of the North American Maritime Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA); Chairman of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of New York Maritime Inc. (NYMAR); Chairman of the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition (MMPC); Chairman of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) Industry Advisory Council; Chairman of the Maritime Industries Academy Foundation (Baltimore Harbor School);Member of the American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and Maritime Law Association of the United States ; former Chairman of the National Maritime Historical Society; former Chair of the Admiralty Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and of the Committee on Intergovernmental Organizations of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). Clay has served as a delegate to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Clay received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York Maritime College in 2006, and was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2010.
ATAC Anti-Piracy Conference Agenda
- 0800-0830 Continental breakfast
- 0830-0930 Enhanced interpersonal communication in high threat situations
- 0930-0945 Break
- 0945-1030 Nigeria’s Security Issues: A Global Perspective
- 1030-1045 Break
- 1045-1130 Maritime Terrorism and Piracy
- 1130-1230 Lunch on your own at one of the resort’s many dining establishments
- 1230- 1315 Port Security in an Era of Terrorism, Piracy and Attacks on Infrastructure
- 1315-1330 Break
- 1330-1415 Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well-Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments.
- 1415-1430 Break
- 1430-1515 Gulf of Guinea: A Definitive Guide to Security
- 1515-1600 Break
- 1600-1645 Flag State Perspective
- 1645-1700 Break
- 1700-1730 Disrupting the Maritime Security Industry
- 1730 Closing Address
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- 2015 ATAC – Range Day™ – Monday, January 19th
Registration: ATAC Anti-Piracy Conference™ 2015 Registration will begin taking reservations in October 1st 2nd 2014 at a pre-registration rate. Each exhibitor must be registered prior to October 31st to receive the promotional rates.
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