Russia Maritime Studies Institute

The last decade has seen the reemergence of Russia from its post-Cold War malaise. At sea, Russia is asserting itself in regions that it considers strategically vital, including the Black Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and in the Arctic, while its improving nuclear missile submarine force once again presents the United States and NATO nations with a significant challenge. In this environment, it is vital that the U.S. and its partners develop a clear understanding of the strategic and operational factors that shape Russia’s approach to maritime issues and that drive Russian military and foreign policy decision making.

Director, Russia Maritime Studies Institute

The mission of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute is to conduct research into these maritime issues on behalf of the U.S. Navy and NATO partners. In consultation with appropriate U.S. Navy elements such as U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR); Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), SIXTH Fleet, SEVENTH Fleet, and others, it develops and executes a broad research agenda and then disseminates finished research to Navy leadership and the fleet.

The goals for this institute are to:

  • Inform Navy, Fleet, Joint Force, and NATO decision making with regard to Russian maritime issues
  • Provide analysis to support U.S. planning and engagement efforts
  • Educate U.S. Navy personnel on Russian maritime issues
  • Develop new knowledge that contributes to scholarship and a deeper understanding of the issue associated with Russia from both a theater and global perspective

To achieve these goals, RMSI conducts research into a wide variety of issues, including naval policy, strategy, and operations; maritime technologies; shipbuilding; maritime law; deterrence; and naval diplomacy.

Furthermore, taking advantage of the intellectual capital of the region affords RMSI the opportunity to develop deep intellectual synergies. Based at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, RMSI resides at the nexus of academia, policy and operational communities. The U.S. Naval War College contributes broad, multi-dimensional research, analysis and gaming competencies fused with significant linguistic and technical capabilities, built on the experiences of more than 100 years of pioneering strategic thinking about maritime issues, opportunities and challenges.

Building upon this capability, location and experience, RMSI continues seeking collaborative partnerships with government research centers, civilian academic institutions and other organizations. Together, these collaborative efforts will continue to enable RMSI to conduct detailed research on Russia’s maritime development and inform senior level decisions.