Executives Invited to Unique Coast Guard Forum on New Arctic Strategy

By MarEx 2013-10-15 11:20:00

The future of the Arctic has become a hot topic in US national security, energy and policy circles.  Now private-sector leaders are invited to share insights on the subject with Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, US Coast Guard (USCG) Deputy Commandant for Operations, at a forum of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) on Monday, October 28, 2013. 

“In the Arctic a new ocean is opening before our eyes, promising access to resources and opportunities once thought impossible.  Such economic incentives are fundamentally transforming maritime activity in the Arctic region.  As an Arctic nation the United States has profound interests in ensuring that this activity is conducted in a safe, secure and environmentally responsible manner,” said Admiral Neffenger.  “To that end, the US Coast Guard Arctic Strategy outlines our strategic objectives to guide our operations over the next 10 years.”

The Admiral will provide a special briefing on the strategy to senior industry executives (vice president and above; one per company) from 8- 11am at Washington’s Cosmos Club. All interested executives (up to two per organization) are invited to a follow-on industry session with Captain Jon Spaner, USCG Director of Emerging Policy, from 1-3:30pm at the same location.

“During this time of fiscal constraint, the Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy will have great influence on the service’s overall resourcing and operations, which will also be discussed at the forum,” said Kay Olive, WHSR Director. “This is the first of several sessions with the Coast Guard, hosted by WHSR. Harvey Johnson, a retired USCG Vice Admiral and former FEMA COO, serves as our USCG Advisor.”

Attendance is first come/first served. To register visit: http://www.whsroundtable.org/events.shtml

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