Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Safeguarding National Interests and Promoting Economic Security in the Arctic

September 15, 2020


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, chairman of the Subcommittee on Security, will convene a hearing titled, “U.S. Coast Guard Capabilities for Safeguarding National Interests and Promoting Economic Security in the Arctic,” at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. This hearing will examine how the United States Coast Guard (USCG) 2019 Arctic Strategic Outlook is being resourced through acquisition plans, training exercises, and infrastructure investments and the importance of USCG presence in the Arctic as commercial sea traffic increases. The hearing will also address the security implications of Chinese and Russian interests in the Arctic and the current state of the USCG’s icebreaking capacity.  

Witness Panel 1: 

  • Admiral Charles Ray, Vice Commandant, United States Coast Guard

Witness Panel 2: 

  • The Honorable Sharon E. Burke, Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program, New America
  • Major General Randy “Church” Kee, United States Air Force, Retired, Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center 
  • Ms. Stephanie Madsen, Executive Director, At-sea Processors Association 

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