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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 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

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM 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

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM HOST NATION KEYNOTE ADDRESS: DEFINING PRIORITIES FOR DENMARK’S ARCTIC POLICY

Confirmed Representative, Defence Policy Department, Danish Ministry of Defence
  • Understanding the priorities of the Kingdom of Denmark’s Arctic policy in line with the recently published White Paper
  • Defining the future development of patrol and reconnaissance capability
  • Examining opportunities for improved coordination between regional nations; a collaborative military and civilian approach to enhancing peaceful development in the Arctic

Confirmed Representative

Defence Policy Department
Danish Ministry of Defence

12:30 PM - 1:10 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
  • 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

Dr Mika Aaltola

Programme Director, The Global Security Research Programme
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Major General (Retd.) Stig Oestergaard Nielsen

Former Commander
Danish Joint Arctic Command

1:50 PM - 3:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

3:00 PM - 3:40 PM 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 to supplement the reach of icebreaking vessels
  • Implementing and improving AIS to ensure the realtime monitoring of commercial shipping, and using that data to improve the scope of SAR
  • Exploring the role of new technology, including underwater relay systems, and assessing its suitability to enhance effective communication in Arctic waters
  • Responding to civilian emergencies and escort requests in Arctic waters. Minimising response times and enhancing interoperability to deliver an efficient SAR function
  • Improving the Coast Guard’s ability to deliver situational awareness and safety by improving maritime navigation and communications infrastructure

Mrs Julie Gascon

Assistant Commissioner Central and Arctic Region
Canadian Coast Guard

3:40 PM - 4:20 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

4:20 PM - 4:50 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:50 PM - 5:30 PM ENHANCING ISR ASSETS TO IDENTIFY DARK TARGETS IN THE HIGH NORTH

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Roberts, ISR Lead, Directorate of Space Requirements, Canadian Department of National Defence
  • How are the Canadian Forces utilising synthetic aperture radar to provide a more detailed picture of the Arctic environment?
  • Fusing SAR and AIS capability to allow for the accurate detection of ships in ice-filled waters
  • Introducing the RADARSAT Constellation mission, and understanding how it will promote Canada’s ISR project in the High North
  • Using information from satellites as a force multiplier, to inform the operational deployment of non-space ISR

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Roberts

ISR Lead, Directorate of Space Requirements
Canadian Department of National Defence

5:30 PM - 6:10 PM USING AIR PATROL EFFICIENCTLY TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN EFFECTIVE SURVEILLANCE PICTURE

Colonel Patrick Thauberger, Wing Commander, 14 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Combining naval and air capability to deliver an effective patrol function in the Arctic
  • Using long range air patrols to maximum effect; developing infrastructure and managing resources to maximise airborne assets
  • Accurately translating ISR data into operationally usable instructions, in order to ensure the effective deployment of air patrol capability
  • What are the shortfalls for the RCAF in providing maximum operational effectiveness?

Colonel Patrick Thauberger

Wing Commander, 14 Wing
Royal Canadian Air Force

6:10 PM - 6:10 PM END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE