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Russia And US Must Maintain Arctic Relations In An Interconnected World

by Commander David Slayton, Lawson W. Brigham via Alaska Dispatch News
Sunday, May 10, 2015

Russia is in the news, again. NATO ministers continue to discuss how to upgrade their response capabilities to contain Russia, an increasingly unpredictable neighbor, and Pentagon officials advise Congress that Russia is a primary military threat. Could this finally be the end of strong Russia-U.S. cooperation in the one region where our interests have aligned since the end of the Cold War: the Arctic?

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The Coldest War

interview with Commander David Slaytonvia HBO | Vice
Friday, June 6, 2014

With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves. This is prime real estate and the five nations bordering the Arctic are readying themselves to fight for it.


House of Representatives Hearing, David Slayton Testimony - Using New Ocean Technologies

by Commander David Slaytonvia Transport
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A hearing of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on Using new Ocean Technologies: Promoting Efficient Maritime Transportation and Improving Maritime Domain Awareness and Response Capability. Video and written testimony.

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Cooperation 66° North: Event Wrap-up

mentioning Commander David Slaytonvia The Maritime Executive
Friday, May 16, 2014

350 km above the Arctic Circle, in Tromsø, Norway, industry, government, and academic leaders met for Cooperation 66° North. The forum, designed to foster communication, build confidence, and transfer knowledge on Arctic maritime and offshore affairs was...

Environmental and Economic Security Challenges in a Changing U.S. Maritime Arctic

by Lawson W. Brigham via Analysis
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Globalization of the Arctic and rapid climate change are presenting a host of challenges for the maritime Arctic of the United States, the key focus for this paper. New Arctic marine operations are evolving at a time when there are no mandatory or binding Arctic-specific International Maritime Organization (IMO) shipping rules and regulations. A new IMO Polar Code to be agreed upon by early 2015 will allow the United States to implement a number of key measures for protection of its Arctic coastal communities...


Commander David Slayton on the John Batchelor Show (10:31)

with Commander David Slaytonvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hour 4: Guests: David Slayton, Hoover. Markos Kounlikakis, Hoover. Bob Zimmerman, Sid Perkins, Science.

Blue Globe showing US
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Time for Real Leadership on Climate Change, Energy, National Security

by Commander David Slayton, David Titleyvia
Monday, March 31, 2014

The parallels between the political decisions regarding climate change we have made and the decisions that led Europe to World War One are striking – and sobering. 

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Another Region Where the Russian Military Threatens to Dominate the U.S.

by Commander David Slayton, Mark E. Rosenvia CNN
Friday, March 14, 2014

David Slayton, Mark E. Rosen: With Russia on the move, U.S. Arctic policy needs to look more at security issues.

The Opportunity Costs of Ignoring the Law of Sea Convention in the Arctic

by Vice Admiral James Houck (ret.) via Analysis
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The paper first briefly surveys the extent to which the provisions of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) intersect with those of US interests in the Arctic. Not surprisingly, there is extensive overlap. The paper then reviews and critiques the arguments that (UNCLOS) is irrelevant or even antithetical to achieving those. interests; it then examines the case for UNCLOS, focusing on US interests on the Arctic seafloor and arguing that those interests are extensive and that accession would...

Arctic Force Structure: What an Arctic Fleet Might Look Like

by Stephen M. Carmel via Analysis
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The increasing accessibility of the Arctic Ocean is leading to greater commercial activity there. Non-Arctic states are also beginning to investigate the potential advantages the Arctic could afford them. The United States, however, does not have the government assets to operate beyond a minimal capacity in that area. To make informed investment decisions, a comprehensive survey of the decision environment would be helpful. To date, however, no such review has been done. This paper aims to...


Cooperation 66 Degrees North

Thursday, May 8, 2014 to Friday, May 9, 2014
Tromsø, Norway

Cooperation 66 Degrees North is a two-day Arctic maritime and security forum. It is partly funded by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat and designed to enhance communication, cooperation, and collaboration across political, economic, and security sectors throughout the circumpolar region and beyond. In particular, it focuses on fostering frank discourse about security, safety, and operational/legal challenges in the maritime and offshore sectors of the High North.

Arctic Security Initiative meeting.

Arctic Security Initiative meeting

Monday, August 19, 2013

On August 15, the Arctic Security Initiative convened a Technology Working Group of policy and technical experts to discuss the continuing challenges of operating in the Arctic, one of a series focused on how best to help policy makers understand both the importance and the challenges of the US Arctic region.

Arctic as observed by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E

The Opening Arctic - Challenges and Opportunities

Monday, June 10, 2013

The most significant physical event on our planet since the end of the Ice Age is taking place today: the opening of the Arctic. Activity in the high north will increase. Fish stocks will migrate, and pursuing fishing fleets will thus move farther north. Access to natural resources will expand. New maritime shipping routes can reduce shipping times and costs and accelerate ties among commercial centers. Indigenous populations will be affected profoundly and rapidly.

USS Honolulu submarine and polar bears on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, near

The Hoover Institution’s Arctic Security Initiative

Monday, May 6, 2013

In an ongoing effort to solve the problems of a changing Arctic, the Hoover Institution brought together military, diplomatic, and scientific experts to engage in a series of discussions to address the strategic and security implications of increased activity in the Arctic. This series of discussions and workshops with scholars and experts identified ways in which to shape a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.

Meeting of the Arctic Security Initiative.

Arctic Solutions

Friday, November 16, 2012

To identify solutions for dealing with the changing Arctic, the Hoover Institution and the Brookings Institution have brought together military, diplomatic, and scientific experts to engage in a series of discussions to address the strategic and security implications of increased activity in the Arctic. The series of discussions will identify opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.


The changing global climate and the diminishing Arctic ice cap have made the Arctic more accessible now and in the foreseeable future.

When combined with economic and political developments, the changing Arctic is the most significant physical global event since the end of the last Ice Age. An unresolved strategic territory, the increased activity suggests that the region could become the subject of intensive negotiations and possible friction and confrontation relating to resources, ocean access, and sovereignty. In light of those changes and challenges, the Hoover Institution Arctic Security Initiative has been put in place to address the strategic and security implications of increased activity and to identify opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.