The Maritime Domain Protection Research Group (formerly known as the Maritime Domain Protection Task Force) was formed to investigate issues surrounding protection of the United States, its vessels, and citizens from terrorist threats originating in the maritime domain.
The goal of the Maritime Domain Protection Research Group (MDP-RG) is to coordinate, research and investigate issues involving the DoD’s responsibilities and roles in Homeland Defense. Stakeholders include a variety of agencies and offices throughout the United States and several international allies. The Research Group will explore methods to define, design, and aid the implementation of a national Maritime Domain Protection System to assist in defeating maritime terrorism as early and as far from U.S. borders as possible.
The Maritime Domain Protection effort is spearheaded by CAPT Jeff Kline, USN, Associate Director of Research for the Wayne E. Meyer Institute of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. CAPT Kline brings over 20 years of Navy experience to the Research Group and is also an instructor at the Naval Postgraduate School. CAPT Kline's teaching and research interests include applied research in military operational and tactical environments and Joint Campaign Analysis.