Main Conference Day One

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM REGISTRATION AND COFFEE


Major General (Retd.) Stig Oestergaard Nielsen

Former Commander
Danish Joint Arctic Command

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE OPERATIONALISATION OF DENMARK'S ARCTIC WHITE PAPER

Captain Anders Friis, Deputy Commander, Danish Joint Arctic Command
  • How is Denmark meeting the challenges of building a more robust Joint Arctic Command?
  • Managing diverse operational requirements; from sovereignty to disaster management and enhanced cooperation between regional actors
  • Preparing for future multinational and joint exercises in the High North

Captain Anders Friis

Deputy Commander
Danish Joint Arctic Command

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM A MULTIPLATFORM APPROACH TO ARCTIC-BASED COAST GUARD OPERATIONS

Mrs Julie Gascon, Assistant Commissioner Central and Arctic Region, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Integrating multiple platforms to enhance Arctic coverage. Using helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to supplement the reach of icebreaking vessels
  • Improving the Coast Guard’s ability to deliver situational awareness & safety by both on-site & remote measures
  • Responding to emergencies in Arctic waters. Minimizing response times, enhancing interoperability, and demonstrating the value of planning exercises in delivering an efficient SAR function

Mrs Julie Gascon

Assistant Commissioner Central and Arctic Region
Canadian Coast Guard

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM THE INTEGRATION OF MULTIPLE ASSETS TO ACHIEVE REGIONAL SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Brigadier General Mike Nixon, Commander, Joint Task Force North, Canadian Armed Forces
  • An overview of JTFN’s current and ongoing operations and activities
  • Reviewing recent practical examples of collaboration in the Arctic
  • Looking forward to the integration of new capabilities

Brigadier General Mike Nixon

Commander, Joint Task Force North
Canadian Armed Forces

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM POLAR ORBITING OBSERVATION CAPABILITIES FOR THE ARCTIC ENVIRONMENT

Mr Shawn Cochran, Mission Data Services Lead, Raytheon
  • Leveraging existing capabilities to enhance in theater domain awareness
  • Identify potential new uses for the constellation of polar orbiting satellites
  • Increase international collaboration and information sharing of polar derived satellite data

Mr Shawn Cochran

Mission Data Services Lead
Raytheon

12:40 PM - 2:10 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM SWEDEN’S INTEGRATED APPROACH TO ARCTIC SECURITY

Brigadier General Michael Claesson, Deputy Head Plans & Policy Department, Swedish Armed Forces
  • A cross-service view of Swedish Arctic capability; combining space, air, land and sea assets to improve situational awareness in the High North.
  • Using space-based ISR as a force multiplier. Collecting and disseminating intelligence on the Arctic and identifying critical gaps in current reconnaissance capability
  • The role of multinational collaboration in the future development of Swedish capability in the Arctic. Using recent training exercises to determine best practice

Brigadier General Michael Claesson

Deputy Head Plans & Policy Department
Swedish Armed Forces

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM THE ROLE OF THE US COAST GUARD IN DEVELOPING ARCTIC MARITIME DOMAIN AWARENESS

Commander Scott Hale, Senior Arctic Policy Adviser, US Coast Guard
  • Detailing the USCG’s Arctic Implementation Plan and using it to identify critical new technologies
  • Investing in icebreaking vessels to maximise coverage of Arctic waters
  • Arctic communication successes and challenges during Operation ARCTIC SHIELD

Commander Scott Hale

Senior Arctic Policy Adviser
US Coast Guard

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM FUTURE SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE ARCTIC AND THE QUESTION OF WHETHER NATO HAS A ROLE TO PLAY

Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal, Strategic Analysis Capability Team, NATO HQ
  • Understanding the duality of Russian interests in and from the Arctic
  • Potential security challenges in the Arctic
  • NATO-Russia challenges, and Russian threats emanating from the Arctic
  • What’s for NATO, and what’s for nations and other institutions? Dilemmas for NATO, Allies, and Russia

Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal

Strategic Analysis Capability Team
NATO HQ
  • The thawing of Arctic ice presents new opportunities for economic and geopolitical development. What will be the critical developments in commercial activity over the next five years, and should how these development direct an international military and political approach to Arctic security development? Examining Norwegian, Russian and Chinese investment in the Arctic
  • What are the crucial threats endangering collective security for the High North? To what extent can these threats be managed and constrained through multinational political engagement?
  • To what extent is current military activity sufficient to support stability in the Arctic, and how has it affected the region’s geopolitical outlook?
  • How will international maritime trade take advantage of warmer northern waters, and will increased activity require a different approach to the governance of Arctic seas?

Colonel Gjert Lage Dyndal

Strategic Analysis Capability Team
NATO HQ

Commander Geir Arne Hestvik

Staff Officer Strategic Plans & Policy
Combined Joint Operations from the Sea, Centre of Excellence (CJOS COE)

Dr Jørgen Staun

Researcher in Russian Foreign Policy
Royal Danish Defence College

Major General (Retd.) Stig Oestergaard Nielsen

Former Commander
Danish Joint Arctic Command

5:20 PM - 5:20 PM END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE