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Russia Makes a Move for the Oil Rich Arctic While Barack Obama Hesitates

quoting Commander David Slayton, Mark E. Rosenvia Breitbart
Thursday, September 18, 2014

What was once a battle for the moon has now become a race to the Arctic between the West and Russia. On September 8, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia’s military presence in the Arctic is one of nation’s top priorities, arguing that it will protect shipping routes between Europe and the Pacific. But a few Western countries are wary about Russian military in the Arctic. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said America would increase a presence in the Arctic while Canada expressed deep concerns. But a strong Russian existence puts Alaska and America’s access to natural resources at risk.

In the News

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

featuring 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.

In the News

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. Brighamvia 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.

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Analysis and Commentary

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. 

Analysis and Commentary

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...


Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow
W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow
George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Emeritus
Senior Fellow
Davies Family Senior Fellow

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.