Web apps latest weapon against modern-day pirates

The Defense Department has begun funding a project that seeks to develop Web-based applications that would assist multinational navies police the world's oceans against international pirates, the Office of Naval Research said in a May 14 announcement.

The International Collaborative Development for Enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness was one of more than a dozen projects selected by DOD to receive a $1 million award later this year through the Coalition Warfare Program, which funds international collaborative research efforts, the story said.

Through the project, the Navy is partnering with scientists in Chile to build apps in an open-source environment that sailors and maritime operators eventually will use to analyze data and other information to combat pirates, drug smugglers, arms traffickers and illegal fishermen, the story said.

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