Panelists Discuss the Way Forward in the Arctic
A mix of experts drawn from the military, maritime, diplomatic, scientific and history fields joined together for an “Arctic Leadership, Partnership & Polar Region Capability” roundtable April 15 to furnish a packed audience with thought-provoking facts and encouraging prospects drawn from their work and experience today in the region.
The event’s moderator, Gary C. Rasicot, director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Transportation System, discussed his own Arctic-based work on behalf of the service that will involve establishing an international Arctic Coast Guard Forum, and introduced the roundtable speakers. The panel included retired Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. special representative for the Arctic, U.S. Department of State; Rear Adm. William C. McQuilkin, director, Strategy & Policy Division; Vice Ad. Michael S. Devany, deputy undersecretary for Operations at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Dr. Kelly Faulkner, director, Division of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF); Rear Adm. Jonathan W. White, Oceanographer & Navigator of the Navy, and director of the Navy’s Space and Maritime Domain Awareness; and Vice Adm. Charles D. Michel, the Coast Guard’s deputy commandant for Operations.