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The Arctic Policy staff is chartered to lead the execution of the Coast Guard's Arctic Strategy and its Implementation Plan.  The Arctic staff coordinates the cross-programmatic initiatives across the Coast Guard enterprise, incorporating all CG mission areas and in conjunction with the operational commanders.  The Strategy and the Plan, in combination, guide critical execution activities and milestones.  Highlights of initiatives and projects include: advancing an Arctic Coast Guard Forum, supporting the Arctic Council Chairmanship, sponsoring the Coast Guard's Center for Arctic Study and Policy (CASP), as well as efforts to enhancing arctic operations, including strengthening marine environmental response, enhancing maritime domain awareness and communications.   The Arctic staff represents the Coast Guard in numerous interagency policy entities, including the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, the Arctic Policy Group, Arctic Security IPC and arctic focused workgroups of the Committee on Marine Transportation Systems and National Ocean Policy .  In addition, the Arctic staff serves as co-chair of the US Navy/US Coast Guard Arctic Working Group.  The responsibility for these activities and maintenance of the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy and Implementation Plan, is executed by a small staff of two Arctic policy specialists, and the Commandant's Senior Arctic Advisor.  The Arctic Policy staff reports directly to the Director, Marine Transportation Systems.  Together, they work to ensure the Commandant's vision of safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic.

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