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

Pre-Conference Workshop Day

9:00 am - 9:50 am Registration and Breakfast

9:50 am - 10:00 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

10:00 am - 10:45 am Providing Science and Research on the Emerging Arctic AOR: The Way Ahead

The United States Geological Survey provides science and high-level insight as to the impacts of climate and land-use change as it relates to water, energy, minerals and other natural resources our ecosystem and Government readily rely on. This session will provide a unique understanding of USGS’s efforts to monitor, assess and conduct targeted research as to the ongoing and rapid change occurring across the Arctic region.
Dr. James Reilly, Director at United States Geological Survey

Dr. James Reilly

Director
United States Geological Survey

10:45 am - 11:30 am Preparing for, and Adapting to Future Arctic Operational and Strategic Challenges: A Naval Perspective

The US Naval War College’s introduction of the Arctic Studies Group back in 2013 represents a dramatic shift of thought regarding U.S. policy and military strategy in the Arctic region. The opening of the Arctic places new demands on the Navy to maintain presence and resource capabilities to operate in the austere Arctic environment. This session will go on to describe the US Naval War College’s efforts to identify and shift their thinking about future maritime strategy and force structure for the Arctic region.
Dr. Walter Berbrick, Director, Arctic Studies Group and Associate Professor at War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Walter Berbrick

Director, Arctic Studies Group and Associate Professor
War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Morning Networking Break

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Offshore Energy, Information, Collaboration, & Security

BOEM's mission is to manage the development of U.S. Outer Continental Shelf energy and mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way.  This responsibility involves a substantial investment in data and information collection and the use of a well-refined process of utilizing science, indigenous knowledge, ocean exploration, and situational awareness to inform decision-making.  Such endeavors are ripe for collaborative opportunities and sometimes a link to issues of security.  This session will provide a glimpse into BOEM’s activities in the U.S. Offshore Arctic Domain.  

Dr. James Kendall, Alaska Region Director at Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Dr. James Kendall

Alaska Region Director
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Underwater Surveillance in the Canadian Arctic: the Underwater Sentinel Experimentation

Situational awareness in all domains, including the underwater environment, is essential to assert Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic, to support the Canadian Armed Forces mission to defend our Nation, and to ensure Canada plays a critical role in our defence partnership of North America with the United States. This session will discuss the science and technology efforts conducted under the Canadian Arctic Underwater Sentinel Experimentation (CAUSE) project investigating new technologies providing wide area underwater and under-ice surveillance in the Canadian Arctic, including the Arctic basin and within the Archipelago. Through environmental data collection, technology demonstrations and the provision of advice, this project will assist the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces in increasing their underwater situational awareness in the changing Arctic environment.
Dr. Michel Couillard, PMP, Head / Underwater Warfare Section at Atlantic Research Centre, Defence Research and Development Canada / Government of Canada

Dr. Michel Couillard, PMP

Head / Underwater Warfare Section
Atlantic Research Centre, Defence Research and Development Canada / Government of Canada

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Advancing Norwegian Defense and Security in the Arctic: Efforts of the Norwegian Armed Forces

This session will highlight the ongoing efforts of the Royal Norwegian Armed Forces to navigate and interact across the Arctic Domains. Norway and the US have recently signed a bilateral maritime arrangement calling for advanced maritime threat-response collaboration between the two countries, an effort to curb a wide-ranging list of Arctic challenges, and this session will provide an overview of the agreement, and future collaborative efforts.
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

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Advancing Norwegian Arctic Defense and National Security

As an Arctic Council Member State, Norway has a great deal to offer for Arctic cooperation in terms of Arctic-related expertise. The Arctic region is a part of Norway's past, present, and future, and this session will shine a light on emerging efforts defense and national security efforts to grow prosperity in this region.

- Necessary next steps to bolster Arctic region operations
- Driving technological advancements to support increased operations in this region in the coming years
- Collaborative and partnership efforts in the region 
Marius Dirdal, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy of Norway

Marius Dirdal

Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Norway

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Chairperson’s 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

3:30 pm - 3:30 pm End of Focus Day