The industry one a whole knows very little about naval affairs and, unfortunately, has little interest apart from transiting the Gulf Of Aden. One of the problems is that mariners are not unified in any meaningful way apart from their regulatory responsibilities. The coast guard could push mandatory training with navy liaison officers but I'm not sure how effective that would be. What I think would be most beneficial is if MARLO increased their visibility and actively engaged the industry... they should be attending conferences, paying visits to union halls and participating in the conversation on websites like gCaptain.
Mostly mariners just need to know they can pick up the phone and discuss maritime security issues with MARLO without fear of them launching a federal investigation.