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What We Do
The Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) is dedicated to bringing together forward-thinkers from a variety of fields to examine capabilities, threats, hotspots, and opportunities for security in the maritime domain. CIMSEC pursues this mission through internet forums, collaborating with similarly motivated organizations, sponsoring and hosting events, developing publications, and connecting individuals.
Since our formation in 2012, our all-volunteer team has fostered a forum geared towards exploring challenging maritime security issues. We have particularly focused on bringing in under-heard perspectives into maritime discourse: those of our international counterparts and younger generations.
• Our NextWar blog has published over 700 articles on various topics ranging from the role that 3D printing can play in defense, the meaning of AirSea Battle, and the search for maritime strategies in the 21st century.
• In addition, our Sea Control podcast has broadcast over 50 episodes from the U.S., U.K., and Australia, bringing together distinguished experts debating complex security-related issues. Past episodes covered such topics as promoting leadership in large institutions, the crisis in Ukraine, counter-piracy off the coasts of Africa, and Indonesia security policy.
• Further, our local chapters have hosted over 30 meet-ups throughout the United States and overseas that give interested individuals the chance to connect and discuss maritime security topics with contributors in person.
What You’re Supporting
As a rapidly growing organization aiming to continue offering our services at no cost and with minimal advertisements, CIMSEC has reached a point where it must develop our infrastructure in order to efficiently manage current activities and to to allow us to be able to provide more great opportunities. Besides dealing with annual web expenses, we are specifically attempting to achieve the following tasks:
• Achieve a 503(c)(3) status granting us non-profit status at the federal level. We have been pursuing this status for over a year and have now reached a point where our application is polished and complete, but requires an IRS processing fee. If granted, this status would allow us to operate with greater flexibility and to enable future tax deductions for future donations.
• Establishing an essay scholarship contest fund geared towards high school students. CIMSEC wants to promote the thinking of foreign affairs—especially those maritime related. An essay scholarship contest would allow young students to explore these issues in a professional forum while providing them an educational incentive.
Please note that our board and officers all perform their duties for free, many having shouldered the cost of operations so far. None of your contributions will be used to compensate us for our work.
While the above three items are our priorities, if we surpass our initial funding goal of $900, we hope to accomplish the following as well:
• Procure publishing software that would allow us to develop higher quality publications. We hope to acquire some of the applications part of Adobe’s Creative Suite that would allow us to craft e-books, long-papers, and other publications.
• Set up a PO Box to as a corporate address. Currently, all of CIMSEC’s operations are run out of the President’s home.
Who We Are
CIMSEC is a non-partisan think tank incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Maryland.
• Over 400 members in dozens of counties with a diverse set of backgrounds, including members of the military, professional mariners, academics, entrepreneurs, journalists, government employees, and students..
• About 30% of our membership is from outside of the United States, allowing members to engage in discussions and hear from multiple viewpoints.
• We have 11 chapters, 6 of which are based outside of the United States. These chapters are granted as much autonomy as possible so that they can best achieve the organization’s mission in their local environments.
About 20 volunteers who run CIMSEC’s international operations. Our organizational structure is illustrated in the following chart:
Risks and challenges
CIMSEC’s main challenge is a slowdown in content generation. Fortunately, our process of encouraging members to write for NextWar provides us with hundreds of writers to reach out to. Furthermore, we focus on pacing our content in order to foster a more qualitative, than quantitative discussion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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