U.S. Naval War College hosted a May 29 panel discussion on the Navy’s new Arctic strategy, which was completed in April, and what it means for America’s sea services.
The discussion featured faculty from the college’s Arctic Studies Group, including professors Walter Berbrick, Thomas Culora, Rebecca Pincus, Lt. Col. Kenneth Sandler, Lars Saunes and Mary Thompson-Jones.
As a starting point, the panel members noted that the Arctic is taking on increasing geopolitical importance as polar ice melts and opens up new trade routes and natural resources that nations would like to claim.
The entire panel discussion in Naval War College’s Spruance Auditorium is available here: https://www.dvidshub.net//video/684248/webcast-us-navys-new-arctic-strategy-means-americas-sea-services
“Despite being an Arctic nation, many Americans have little attachment to the Arctic,” said Berbrick, founding director of the Arctic Studies Group.
But with multiple nations vying for access and influence in the Arctic, Berbrick said, “The United States has a critical and unique role to play in the Arctic and in this new era of great-power competition.”