Accession Number:

ADA503251

Title:

Getting Ready for Arctic Operations

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Report Date:

2008-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Currently the U.S. Coast Guard has no personnel or facilities permanently assigned north of the Arctic Circle. As the ice cover is reduced, the resulting additional shipping will require the performance of missions in areas never seen before. Before this happens, analysis needs to be done to determine how the service can best organize and execute its missions. The first major steps are being taken this year to determine what it takes to perform the necessary tasks. Our approach will be to deploy several helicopters and boats to Point Barrow for two weeks this summer, review how other organizations and countries are performing related tasks, and identify additional gaps that need to be researched. Finally, monitoring of environmental conditions will be needed to ensure safe operations. The U.S. Coast Guard is moving into a large, harsh environment. Even though the Coast Guard has a history of operating in the Arctic, there are new challenges. Many of the Coast Guards assets are already stretched to the limit, especially after the events of September 11, 2001. In addition, due to problems encountered by DEEPWATER acquisition and the current economy, any new requests for equipment and personnel must be strictly justified. The Coast Guard must be honest in assessing any risks and the impact any deployments to the Arctic may have on the budget or other areas. The Coast Guard must engage other federal, state, local, and International partners to ensure the safety and security of all who will live and work in the Arctic.

Subject Categories:

  • Geography
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE