School of Arctic and Climate Security Studies

TSC Executive Education

In concert with established authorities and directives, the center team is underway in planning and conducting a well-defined academic program that is innovative, with the aim of advancing Arctic and climate security in support of U.S. defense strategy, and more specifically comply with guidance and priorities from Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs, and the Commander of USNORTHCOM. To accomplish the vision of creating a stellar executive education program, the TSC is underway in collaborating with government and civilian institutions to proactively identify the influences of climate change, emerging technologies, and shifting international relations in the Arctic, and how they will impact U.S. national security interests. The education of leaders to help them understand the Arctic security environment directly supports this line of effort.

In accordance with OSD and USNORTHCOM guidance, executive education is the TSC’s top priority.

Accordingly, TSC SACSSs is establishing a tiered approach to Arctic and Climate Studies for development of international senior leaders on Arctic and Climate Security as well as support to professionalizing Arctic service within the U.S.

The term “executive education,” is consistent with DoD Regional Center practices aligned with concepts well-established of U.S. professional military education (PME), separate and distinct from traditional academic education.

TSC planned executive education is oriented to advance understanding and subject matter professional development for Arctic security practitioners (both for military and civilian personnel) on a wide array of Arctic and regional climate related security topics. In compliance with OSD guidance, regards military personnel, and in particular for professionalizing Arctic service, TSC programs will strive to not only achieve U.S. and international senior leader education, but also seek to gain mid-to senior level enlisted personnel as well as field grade level commissioned officer participants in center-developed programs and activities. In compliance with USNORTHCOM guidance, TSC SACSS is creating programs for senior security leader awareness of the increasingly complex Arctic security environment.

Executive education consists of a tiered approach that builds on a regularly scheduled fundamental course on the Arctic to support professionalizing personnel in Arctic service. Periodically scheduled courses on a wide range of topics oriented to understanding the many facets of Arctic and climate-related security will expand beyond fundamental baselines of Arctic security. TSC educational programs encompasses DoD participation, to include unified commands, military services, as well as U.S. interagency and international partners.

Courseware development and instruction is conducted via a small full-time education cadre, augmented by a larger TSC academic network alliance of part-time, adjunct, and affiliated faculty (and includes U.S., Allied and partner educational professionals).

In support of OSD, unified command, and military service needs, the center is pursuing to be innovative and adaptive in creating short/focused educational seminars enabling the TSC to address current/emerging “hot” topics as they arise in the dynamic geopolitics of the region.

Collaborating with the University of Anchorage, the TSC has established an accredited master’s program in Arctic Security Studies as a capstone educational offering, to support a cohort of Service Intermediate-level Developmental Education (IDE) program.

Consistent with the methodology of the established DoD RCs, the TSC SACSSs is initiating effort for a number of Arctic-Security focused seminars (ranging from approximately 4 to 60 hours of classroom instruction (and leveraging virtual and in-person methodologies).  Seminar and course offerings will be programmed and conducted from an overall wide variety of topics such as the following:

  • Arctic Regional Security Orientation Course (ARSOC)…a fundamental overview on the fundamentals of Arctic Security.
  • Arctic Strategy and Defense Policy.
  • Cultural dynamics of the Arctic region.
  • Understanding and overcoming challenges in Arctic crisis logistics.
  • Non-traditional & transnational risks in and through the Arctic region.
  • Arctic One Health…fundamentals for Security practitioners.
  • Disaster response in the Arctic, concepts for managing and mitigating risk.
  • Women, Peace and Security in an Arctic context.
  • Cyber security in the Arctic…what matters more?
  • Security governance in an Arctic context.
  • The role of non-Arctic nations in Arctic governance…insights for security practitioners.
  • Understanding Russia’s ambitions for the Arctic.
  • Advancing understanding within and across Arctic Indigenous peoples.
  • Defense support to civil authorities in the Arctic…advancing practical measures for the hands to help.
  • Arctic Strategic Competition dynamics.
  • Dynamics of NATO and Arctic Security.
  • Arctic Domain Awareness for the Security Practitioner.
  • Advancing the Arctic region into the Information Age.
  • Characterizing Arctic exceptionalism…a survey of Arctic organizations and enterprises.
  • Understanding and reducing Arctic operational risk.
  • The community of Arctic Science, insights for security practitioners.
  • Trans-Atlantic Futures for Arctic Security.
  • Indo-Pacific States and the Arctic…myths vs facts for the security practitioner.
  • Security vs law enforcement…a survey to advance understanding of the unique role provided by Arctic Coast Guards.
  • Arctic Economic security…fundamentals for security practitioners.

ARSOC Upcoming Course Dates:

  • April 15-19, 2024
  • July 15-19, 2024

AMLC Upcoming Course Dates:

  • May 7-9, 2024