October 28 - 30, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Main Day Conference One

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration & Morning Networking

8:50 am - 9:00 am Chairperson Opening Remarks: Jonathan White, President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, President and CEO at Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White

President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

9:00 am - 9:45 am Arctic Acquisition Priorities to Bolster USCG Arctic Operational Reach

In order to efficiently and effectively deliver the capabilities needed to execute the full range of Arctic Coast Guard missions, the USCG must take a look at their acquisition priorities as it relates to an evolving Arctic region. The Coast Guard is recapitalizing its polar icebreaker fleet to ensure continued access to both polar regions and support the country’s economic, commercial, maritime and national security needs. At this session, our speaker can address where USCG acquisition top priorities are for the Arctic region.
• Update on the Polar Security Cutter program and contract
• Technologies sought to enable critical mission success in the Arctic
• Efforts to maintain defense readiness in the Arctic and Antarctic regions
Rear Admiral Michael B. Johnston, Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions and Chief Acquisition Officer at USCG

Rear Admiral Michael B. Johnston

Assistant Commandant for Acquisitions and Chief Acquisition Officer
USCG

9:45 am - 10:30 am Conducting CAF Northern Operations and Exercises to Maintain Full Awareness of Security and Defence Conditions in the Arctic

Canada’s Military has operated in the North for more than one hundred years, and as the area continues to increase in strategic importance, Joint Task Force North mission sets in the Arctic, sub-Arctic and high Arctic regions will continue to grow as well. At this session, you will be able to learn as to Joint Task Force North’s growing area of responsibility, to include how increased activity across the Arctic region has altered current and future security and Defence priorities.

- Current defensive priorities for JTFN in the Arctic regions
- Efforts to maintain accurate domain awareness of Arctic region
- Collaborative operations and exercise opportunities to bolster Canada mission partner success
Brigadier General J.B.P. Carpentier, CD, Commander, Joint Task Force North at Canadian Armed Forces

Brigadier General J.B.P. Carpentier, CD

Commander, Joint Task Force North
Canadian Armed Forces

10:30 am - 11:15 am Networking Break and Demo Drive

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Event Keynote Remarks: Vision for an Arctic Naval Enterprise

The Honorable Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy at US Navy

The Honorable Richard Spencer

Secretary of the Navy
US Navy

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Ensuring Army and Air National Guardsmen are Ready to Win in an Emerging Arctic

The National Guard Bureau plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our Nation’s 453,000 Army and Air National Guardsmen are ready to fight and win in America’s wars, to include building enduring partnerships as an integral part of the Joint Force and the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force. This session will provide an understanding as to how NGB is gearing operations and training initiative to advance interests for the Arctic.

- Operational priorities for NGB Arctic interests
- Partnership building efforts to build Arctic competencies
- Training and equipping efforts for NGB Arctic activity
Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson, Director, Army National Guard at National Guard Bureau

Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson

Director, Army National Guard
National Guard Bureau

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch & Networking Break

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Addressing Maritime Infrastructure Vulnerabilities in an Emerging Arctic

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation conducts oversight of the United States Coast Guard, the Service responsible for enforcing the Nation’s laws on waters under U.S. jurisdiction and on the high seas. At this session, you will have the unique opportunity to learn how the Subcommittee is supporting the United States’ ability to fully assert its sovereignty in the Arctic as well as carry out its search and rescue, maritime safety, living marine resources, and environmental protection responsibilities.
 
-       Subcommittee priorities for improving maritime infrastructure vulnerabilities
-       Near-peer competitor efforts in the Arctic and Subcommittee addressing efforts
Congressman Bob Gibbs, US Representative, 7th District Ohio at Ranking Member, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee

Congressman Bob Gibbs

US Representative, 7th District Ohio
Ranking Member, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Industry Perspective: Supporting USCG Arctic Operations through Next-Generation Heavy Icebreaker Capabilities

At this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from VT Halter Marine, the recently awarded contract winner for the detail design and construction of the US Coast Guard’s lead Polar Security Cutter. Our speaker will be able to provide an overview of the important efforts and requirements towards building the nation’s full complement of polar icebreakers in order to meet the unique mission demands that have emerged from increased commerce and international activities in the Arctic and Antarctic.
• Desired capabilities for the Polar Security Program
• Supporting Service efforts in the Arctic and Polar regions
Ronald Baczkowski, President and CEO at VT Halter Marine

Ronald Baczkowski

President and CEO
VT Halter Marine

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Afternoon Networking Break and Demo Drive

This panel discussion will include a multitude of perspectives from participating Arctic Council Nations. This session will prioritize defense and national security efforts, technological needs, to include policy perspectives.

- Strategies to increase collaboration across the Arctic domain
- Efforts to curb and monitor near-peer competitors in the Arctic region
- Technological challenges to be met to increase flexibility of operations

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, President and CEO at Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White

President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Hreinn Pálsson, Deputy Chief of Mission & Defense Attaché, Minister Counselor for Defense, Security, Politics at Embassy of Iceland

Hreinn Pálsson

Deputy Chief of Mission & Defense Attaché, Minister Counselor for Defense, Security, Politics
Embassy of Iceland

Commander Jussi Jamsen, Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché at Embassy of Finland

Commander Jussi Jamsen

Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché
Embassy of Finland

Rear Admiral Ole Morten Sandquist, Defense and Naval Attache at Royal Norwegian Embassy

Rear Admiral Ole Morten Sandquist

Defense and Naval Attache
Royal Norwegian Embassy

Rear Admiral Martin La Cour-Andersen, Defence Attaché and Danish Defence Counselor to NATO at Embassy of Denmark

Rear Admiral Martin La Cour-Andersen

Defence Attaché and Danish Defence Counselor to NATO
Embassy of Denmark

Captain (N) Stefan Larsson, Naval Attaché, Embassy of Sweden, WDC at Swedish Armed Forces

Captain (N) Stefan Larsson

Naval Attaché, Embassy of Sweden, WDC
Swedish Armed Forces

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Understanding the Unique Shipping Needs to Effectively Operate in the Arctic

At this unique session, you will be able to learn as to the specific needs for ships to effectively operate in Arctic and polar waters. Our speaker comes with a 20+ year Naval career, to later qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer, and currently sits as a member of the executive committee for the Surface Navy Association, and is VP of the greater Washington Chapter. This session will highlight operational needs for shipbuilders, as well as shipbuilding efforts of our Arctic Nation Council Partner nations.

- Efforts to coordinate with shipbuilding partners to understand acquisition priorities
- Operational perspective of divers in the Northwest Passage: lessons learned
Capt. Edward H. Lundquist (Ret.), VP at Surface Navy Association

Capt. Edward H. Lundquist (Ret.)

VP
Surface Navy Association

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Afternoon Networking and Refreshment Break

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Advancing Finish Defense and Security in the Arctic: Efforts of the Finnish Defense Forces

As an Arctic Council Member State, Finland has a great deal to offer for Arctic cooperation in terms of Arctic-related expertise. Their proximity to the Arctic region presents an opportunity to be on the front lines of emerging nation and near-peer activity. This session will provide an in depth look as to the ongoing initiatives to support security efforts in the Arctic.

• Technological advancements to bolster Arctic region operations
• Defining Military efforts without direct access to the Arctic Ocean: region monitoring strategies
• Collaborative and partnership efforts in the region
Commander Jussi Jamsen, Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché at Embassy of Finland

Commander Jussi Jamsen

Defense, Military, Naval and Air Attaché
Embassy of Finland

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Together Towards a Sustainable Arctic: Promoting Cooperation, Coordination and Interaction Among the Arctic States

Sustainable development and protection of the Arctic environment have been at the core of the Arctic Council’s mandate since its foundation in 1996. With rapid environmental changes underway, its role has become ever more important. During this session, you will be able to learn from leadership from the Arctic Council as to the partnership, collaboration, and sustainable development efforts across the Arctic Region.
• Efforts to drive security in the Arctic region: necessary next steps for the Arctic Council
• Partnership efforts to expand the reach of the Council
• Economic development efforts to bolster the prosperity of the region
Hreinn Pálsson, Deputy Chief of Mission & Defense Attaché, Minister Counselor for Defense, Security, Politics at Embassy of Iceland

Hreinn Pálsson

Deputy Chief of Mission & Defense Attaché, Minister Counselor for Defense, Security, Politics
Embassy of Iceland

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm Chairperson Closing Remarks: Jonathan White, President and CEO, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, President and CEO at Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White

President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

6:10 pm - 6:20 pm Post Conference Networking