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NEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will be exploring the changing environment of the Arctic region in an operations table-top game, Sept. 13-16.
Fleet Arctic Operations Game 2011, sponsored by the Norfolk, Va.-based U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), will explore many factors that impact the U.S. Navy’s ability to operate in the Arctic. Participants will identify gaps that limit sustained maritime operations in the region and explore possible mitigation strategies and long term solutions needed to address these gaps. 
“The gradual change in global climate conditions, competition for natural resources and unresolved territorial claims continue to demand greater attention to the Arctic region,” said Walter Berbrick, a professor in NWC’s War Gaming Department. “At any time, the U.S. Navy could be called upon to respond to any immediate threats in the region.”
Approximately 80 participants from a variety of military and civilian organizations, industry, and academia will engage in the four-day game. Players will also be given several presentations and engage in facilitated discussions. The blend of U.S. and international maritime operators, civilian system engineers, and Arctic regional experts will provide a greater understanding and shared experience into the major issues, challenges, and opportunities associated with the changing Arctic environment.
Following the operations game, a comprehensive report will be shared with senior military and civilian leaders in the international maritime community. 

From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs