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Sea-Air-Space 2020: Virtual Edition Highlights Maritime Administration

By Navy League Communications

Day two of the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space 2020: Virtual Edition, hosted by Government Matters, took a look at the Maritime Administration and its struggles with maintaining sealift readiness in light of its need for a major fleet recapitalization.


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Many Americans are unaware of the critical role the sea service plays in ensuring the nation is able to respond to any wartime event, a role that was highlighted in World War II but hasn't gotten the attention it deserves since. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby, a retired Navy rear admiral, discussed how his administration is managing its fleet and maintaining mariners.

Additionally, the Maritime Administration is the overseer of the Jones Act, a federal law regulating maritime commerce in the United States and the second topic of today's webinar series. Often under fire by critics, the Jones Act requires that vessels moving cargo between U.S. ports be American-built, American-owned and American-crewed — fundamental aspects to our domestic maritime industry.

To view all the content from today's sessions, go to our Maritime Administration page for Sea-Air-Space 2020: Virtual Edition.

And go to our Seapower magazine website for all the latest news from this week's programming. 

Coming up later in the week are sessions on the U.S. Navy, space, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.