The Arctic and U.S. National Security, a symposium hosted by the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute in December 2018, provided a timely opportunity to explore and promote Arctic security discussions at a critical moment for the region. The symposium included policy leaders currently drafting branch-specific Arctic strategies, solicited comments from senior officials from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Commerce, and elicited guidance and perspective from individuals representing the State of Alaska, industry, and research community. The resulting dialogue provided productive operational and policy insight at the start of the 116th United States Congress.
The broad findings include the need for the U.S. government to prioritize Arctic security and related issues as the region becomes increasingly globalized. Investment in critical infrastructure and a more pronounced, sustainable U.S. military presence are needed. The rapidly changing climate requires continued, purposeful, and coordinated scientific research to include enhanced observation networks. Communicating the needs and capabilities of U.S. Arctic stakeholders is critical, and will help inform and influence relevant policy-making processes and results.
These proceedings succinctly summarize the speakers’ comments throughout the daylong event, highlighting key themes and findings. Each speaker’s presentation is hyperlinked, providing access to full remarks and any accompanying visuals. We believe it is important to make available these narratives, perspectives, and insights. These proceedings were written by Jack Durkee, Mike Sfraga, and Marisol Maddox.

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