During lectures, Treadwell discussed the importance of military cooperation in the Arctic and engaging with Russia in areas of marine safety, shipping, fisheries and disaster response.
"In the face of budget challenges, the Navy and Coast Guard need to think about how they will leverage capabilities and experiences in cold weather operations to collectively manage future environmental and security risks in the emerging Arctic," said Treadwell.
Treadwell noted to students that "in order to maintain regional stability and security, we need a Navy-Coast Guard team capable and ready to operate anytime and anywhere, including the Arctic."
"We need to think hard about the emerging environmental risk associated with this increased activity, and be prepared with detailed contingency plans in order to protect our resources if needed," said Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Allen, a NWC student attending the lecture.
Currently, the U.S. has "two international agreements in place today, one on oil spill response and the other on search and rescue. That provides good reason to conduct maritime exercises in the Arctic and understand current maritime capabilities and limitations in the North. The more you can do exercises, the better off we are," said Treadwell.
NEWPORT, R.I. (April 9, 2014) Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell discusses the Arctic with students during a lecture hosted by the Arctic Studies Group (ASG) at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., on April 9. (U.S. Navy photo by Walter Berbrick)