Arctic Studies Group

Recognizing the broad maritime implications of the changing Arctic region, the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island created the Arctic Regional Studies Group (ASG) in 2013. The ASG consists of faculty and students in the Naval War College with expertise, experience, or interest in regional maritime affairs, and U.S. policy and military strategy in the Arctic region. The ASG serves as a proponent for and coordinator of research for the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense and other organizations of the U.S. government responsible for formulating policy, strategy, and planning related to the Arctic. The ASG’s goal is to help our students and the broader Navy better understand, prepare for, and adapt to future operational and strategic challenges as well as opportunities in the Arctic region.

Director, Arctic Studies Group

Climate change and the resultant opening of the Arctic places new demands on the Navy to maintain presence and resource capabilities to operate in the austere Arctic environment.  ASG provides the Chief of Naval Operations and Fleet and Maritime Component Commanders with a consistent pool of talent and knowledge to incorporate into their thinking about future maritime strategy and force structure for the Arctic region.

ASG also host guest speakers and organizes periodic seminars for participants to report on current research in progress.  The group also performs an important outreach function for the college by facilitating faculty participation in major conferences and research activities in the Arctic region and in the United States.

Finally, ASG provides a coordinating function with the Naval War College academic electives program on emerging course offerings on the region, including the first Arctic Security elective offered in Spring 2014.