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12th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum- Arctic Domain


The 12th Annual Patuxent Defense Forum

Jointly presented by

The Patuxent Partnership and

The Center for the Study of Democracy, St. Mary's College of Maryland

“The Arctic Domain: From Economics to National Security”


Tuesday, December 12
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Check-in and coffee at 8:15 a.m. 


  • $75 - TPP Members, SMCM Alums, 1634 Club
  • $100 - Non-TPP Members
**Acquisition workforce attendees can earn 8 CL points.
They should be logged manually into eDACM:  https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/navyedacm/Login/Logout.aspx


This unique forum addresses issues central to U.S. defense and foreign affairs. In this day-long forum, panelists representing policymakers, academics, and government officials, will discuss topics such as climate change, responsible resource extraction, energy development, tourism, rights of indigenous peoples, territorial claims and defense issues, the U.S. Arctic strategy, and international frameworks for cooperation.


Major General Randy "Church" Kee, USAF (retired), Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, a DHS CoE, hosted by University of Alaska.  MG Kee served as the Director of Strategy and Policy, Headquarters U.S. European Command in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany before retiring in December 2015.


8:30 – 9am                   Moderator and Keynote Speaker - MG Randy "Church" KeeUSAF (retired), Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, a DHS CoE, hosted by University of Alaska
9 – 10:30am

Panel I – Economy vs. Environment, not a zero-sum game                                    Topics include: Resource extraction, energy, destination/ecotourism, climate change/environment

Moderator: Dr. John Farrell, Executive Director, US Arctic Research Commission 


  • Mr. Robert Dillon, Dillon Strategic Communication, previous Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska
  • CDR Ruth Lane, Director and Commanding Officer, U.S. National/Naval Ice Center (NIC)
  • Dr. John T. Oliver, Senior Ocean Policy Advisor, USCG HQ 
  • Dr. Michael Sfraga, Director, Polar Initiative, The Woodrow Wilson Center


 10:45am – 12:15pm

Panel II – Maritime Challenges Across the Arctic                                                         Topics include: historical “ownership” interests, the Arctic Map today – opposing views/contested ownership

Moderator: RADM Jon White, USN (ret), President and CEO at Consortium for Ocean Leadership


  • Ms. Helen Brohl, Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS)
  • Ms. Cara Condit, Executive Director, Center for Arctic Study and Policy, USCGA
  • Mr. Michael Emerson, SES, Director for Marine Transportation Systems and Sr. Arctic Policy Advisor, United States Coast Guard HQ 
  • Ms. Nichola Payne, Embassy of Canada, Washington
12:15 – 1:15pm


1:15 - 3pm

Panel III - National Security in the Arctic (an ‘economy of force’ theater)               Topics include: International Agreements and Organizations, U.S. Strategic Policy, Parallels to China’s activities in the South China Sea, Intelligence/Cyber/Space

Moderator: RADM Rudy Peschel, USCG (ret)


  • Mr. Sean Moon, DHS  - Director, Global Strategy & Policy
  • Ms. Iina Petonen, Embassy of Finland, Washington
  • CAPT Steven Thornton, Deputy Commander, JTF North, Yellowknife, NWT
  • CAPT Harry Schmidt, USCG- Deputy Director, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)



 Afternoon Speaker - Dr. Walter Berbrick, Associate Professor in the War Gaming Department and Founding Director of the Arctic Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College (invited)

 4 – 4:15pm  

Closing Remarks - MG Randy "Church" KeeUSAF (retired), Executive Director, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, a DHS CoE, hosted by University of Alaska

4:30 - 5:30pm Reception at the State House

This program meets the requirements for the Government’s Federal Training Program.  Government employees should complete the SF-182, Authorization, Agreement and Certification of Training.


St. Mary's College of Maryland
Cole Cinema, Campus Center
47600 Mill Field Drive, St. Mary's City, MD 20686

Start Date & Time: 12 Dec 2017 at 08:00
End Date & Time: 12 Dec 2017 at 18:00

Event Cost: $75.00

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