Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy in the Arctic

Chairs: Admiral Thad W. Allen, and Christine Todd Whitman, President, The Whitman Strategy Group
Director: Esther Brimmer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Institutions
June 2016 - March 2017

With the Arctic warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet and melting sea ice opening up the resource-rich region to new trade routes and commercial activities, the Arctic offers both opportunities and challenges for the United States and other countries.

Composed of twenty experts from a wide range of backgrounds, the Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy in the Arctic was convened to assess U.S. interests in the region in the face of changing conditions there. Released in March 2017, the group's report, Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America's Fourth Coast, concludes that the region is of growing economic and geostrategic importance and proposes specific actions to improve the United States’ strategic presence in the Arctic, including bolstering infrastructure investment, defending national borders, protecting the environment, and maintaining U.S. scientific and technological leadership. 

The project was co-chaired by Admiral Thad W. Allen, former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and governor of New Jersey, and directed by Esther Brimmer, CFR adjunct senior fellow for international institutions and former assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.