Defending U.S. Economic Interests in the Changing Arctic: Is There a Strategy?

Feature Image 1WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee today announced a hearing on defending U.S. economic interests in the changing arctic. The hearing will examine how the United States can better position itself to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities in the Arctic region and assess whether federal agencies are proactively positioning themselves to promote US Arctic interests, and whether they have adequate capacity to meet their goals in the Arctic.  

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


  • Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr.

    United States Coast Guard
  • Rear Admiral David W. Titley

    Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy
    United States Navy
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  • Ambassador David A. Balton

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
    U.S. Department of State
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Witness Panel 2

  • Mr. Peter Slaiby

    Vice President, Alaska Venture
    Shell Oil Company
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  • Dr. Scott Borgerson

    Senior Fellow
    Institute for Global Marine Studies
  • Dr. Andrew Metzger

    Assistant Professor
    University of Alaska-Fairbanks