National Strategy for the Arctic Region Implementation Plan

In October 2022 the White House released a long-awaited update to the 2013 National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The 2022 National Strategy was fifteen pages long and focused on four pillars:

  1. Security
  2. Climate Change and Environmental Protection
  3. Sustainable Economic Development
  4. International Cooperation and Governance

One year later the administration has released the Implementation Plan for the 2022 Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSARIP). The NASRIP runs to 58 pages and builds out objectives for each of the four pillars:

  1. Security: Develop Capabilities for Expanded Arctic Activity
    • Strategic Objective 1.1: Improve Our Understanding of the Arctic Operating Environment
    • Strategic Objective 1.2: Exercise Presence to Support Priority Goals
    • Strategic Objective 1.3: Maximize Unity of Effort with Allies and Partners
  2. Climate Change and Environmental Protection: Build Resilience and Advance Adaptation, while Mitigating Emissions
    • Strategic Objective 2.1: Advance Community Adaptation and Climate Resilience
    • Strategic Objective 2.2: Pursue International Initiatives to Mitigate Emissions in the Arctic
    • Strategic Objective 2.3: Expand Research to Better Understand Climate Change and Inform Policy Decisions
    • Strategic Objective 2.4: Conserve and Protect Arctic Ecosystems, including through Indigenous Co-Production and Co-Management
  3. Sustainable Economic Development: Improve Livelihoods and Expand Economic Opportunity
    • Strategic Objective 3.1: Invest in Infrastructure
    • Strategic Objective 3.2: Improve Access to Services and Protect Subsistence Lifestyles and Cultural Traditions
    • Strategic Objective 3.3: Develop Emerging Economic Sectors in Alaska
    • Strategic Objective 3.4: Work with Allies and Partners to Increase Responsible Arctic Investment, including in Critical Minerals
  4. International Cooperation and Governance: Sustain Arctic Institutions and Uphold International Law
    • Strategic Objective 4.1: Sustain the Arctic Council and Other Arctic Institutions and Agreements
    • Strategic Objective 4.2: Protect Freedom of Navigation and Continental Shelf Limits

The NSARIP specifically emphasizes the importance of balancing climate and conservation issues with sustainable development. It also highlights the reality of strategic competition with Russia and China.

The NASRIP will feed into the updated Department of Defense Arctic Strategy, expected in the coming months. For a complete list of relevant Arctic strategy documents from Arctic nations, visit our library page.