OCTOBER 31 2021 | On October 15th, The National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology hosted a concept exploration event titled “New Arctic Frontier 2040”.
Led by Dave Medeiros of Rite Solutions, the event explored concepts related to undersea force operations in the future Arctic. “Operating in today’s Arctic is exceptionally challenging for undersea forces,” says Medeiros. “Given the dramatic changes occurring there, the future Arctic will be a very different environment, and in many ways, even more challenging for our future forces.”
Faculty members from the University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, and Brown University gathered with personnel from General Dynamics Electric Boat, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, and the Undersea Warfighting Development Center to discuss environmental and operational challenges in the Arctic and the effects they have on various scenarios. “The NIUVT CONEX events are important opportunities to provide university researchers with informed perspectives on the operational challenges of undersea vehicles in demanding environments,” explains Dr. Christenson, NIUVT Co-Director. “These are critical in our efforts to strengthen the collaboration between academia, industry, and government.”