Murkowski Meets with NORAD Chief on Arctic Matters

Senator, General Agree on Need for “Arctic Issues on the Front Burner”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski sat down with United States Army General Charles Jacoby, Commander of NORAD and the US Northern Command to review progress on implementation of the Arctic Defense Agenda outlined by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in November.

“There are so many new possibilities emerging in the Arctic, and the rest of the world is taking notice and acting – which means increased competition for Arctic opportunities that Alaskans can benefit from,” said Murkowski.  “General Jacoby understands that the Pentagon needs to put Arctic issues on the front burner, and I always appreciate the frank and honest conversations we have about getting this message across.”


(General Charles Jacoby and Senator Lisa Murkowski, after their Arctic meeting.)

In a wide-ranging conversation about opportunities and goals, the Senator and General Jacoby discussed the importance of American leadership in the Arctic as the United States moves towards assuming the chair of the Arctic Council in 2015.

On Friday, Senator Murkowski will be the Keynote Speaker at the Arctic Encounter Symposium hosted by Seattle University School of Law.