Arctic Studies Group

Study groups at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) help to promote and exchange major research and educational relationships with counterpart institutions around the world. The Arctic Studies Group (ASG) consists of NWC community members with a shared interest, expertise, or experience in the dynamic and emerging Arctic region.

Director, Dr. Berbrick

About this Study Group

The ASG was created to educate leaders, strengthen maritime partnerships, and generate rigorous, forward thinking, and timely research to support the needs of the joint and naval community.

Applicants will explore the linkage between Arctic culture, history, economics, and security through independent research, gaming, field trips, and frequent engagement with regional and functional experts from government, academia, and industry.

The ASG provides applicants the opportunity to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multidisciplinary research on Arctic governance and security issues. It prepares an active and growing community of leaders to be critical thinkers and develop joint and naval strategies, plans, programs, and policies in the Arctic region.

Climate change and the resultant opening of the Arctic places new demands on the Navy to maintain presence and resource capabilities operating in the austere Arctic environment. The ASG provides the Chief of Naval Operations and Fleet and Maritime Component Commanders with a consistent pool of talent and knowledge to incorporate into their thinking about future maritime strategy and force structure for the Arctic region.

Signing Up

Only NWC community members can elect to join several groups with the approval of the individual program director. Please note, this group is not open to the general public.

To request more information or to sign up for the Arctic Studies Group, please email Dr. Berbrick at