The unique status of NATO COEs as international military organizations and the set up as ‘Think Tanks’ in their specific field of competence entails a broad orientation not just focusing on the military but also involving other governmental as well as nongovernmental organizations, the academics, and economy.
The COE CSW is deeply embedded in a NATO network, in particular with maritime entities such as:
- The Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) in Northwood, GBR
- The Combined Joint Operations from the Sea (CJOS) COE in Norfolk, USA
- The Naval Mine Warfare (NMW) COE in Ostend, BEL
- The Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, ITA
- The NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC) in Souda, GRC
The COE CSW enjoys close relations to a range of national military entities such as the DEU Flotilla 1 in Kiel, the Bundeswehr Technical Centre for Ships and Naval Weapons (WTD 71) in Eckernförde, and the Maritime Security (MARSEC) COE in Aksaz, TUR.
The COE CSW is also connected with civil maritime organizations, especially Maritime Security Regimes/ Institutions, such as Sea Surveillance Cooperation Baltic Sea (SUCBAS) and Maritime Surveillance (MARSUR).
With regard to the economic sector, the COE CSW is associated with a large number of partners from the defence industry and maritime commerce.