Author: Ben Strickland

Ben Strickland, is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander who specializes in National Security and Marine Operations activities. He is a native of Issaquah, Washington and graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nautical Science. He also attended the U.S. Naval War College in 2009 graduating with a Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) and is a qualified Joint Operational Planner.

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Australia’s Jones Act Debate

Praise from Down Under. Even as we hear complaints in our country about our own Jones Act, with calls to abolish it in favor of cheaper foreign labor, according to this weeks Maritime Executive the Aussies are having a debate of their own with some citing that we do it right.

“”Why don’t we treat e treat our national shipping industry like the Americans, for example, with the Jones Act?” asks Summers. The ITF has asked the American administration to provide witnesses to come and talk to the Senate inquiry currently underway in Australia about how they treat seafarers as part of their national security program.”

The Week in Review: Australia’s Jones Act