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Briefing Date:12/07/2005
Topic:Polar Icebreaker Roles and U.S. Future Needs: A Preliminary Assessment

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Polar Research Board
and
Transportation Research Board
Marine Board
Committee on the Assessment of U.S.Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Roles and Future Needs

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Congressional Briefings
Wednesday, December 7, 2005
562 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 8, 2005
2320 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 9, 2005
509 Ford House Office Bldg. -- 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
H-309, The Capitol Bldg. -- 3:00 p.m.
and
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
S-146A, The Capitol Bldg. -- 4:00 p.m.

on

Polar Icebreaker Roles and U.S. Future Needs:
A Preliminary Assessment

Requested by Congress in P.L. 108-334, this interim report examines the capabilities of the U.S. Coast Guard's aging icebreaker fleet and whether funding for the fleet should be appropriated to the Coast Guard or to the National Science Foundation, which uses the ships for research missions. The committee undertaking this study also is looking at how the ships may be used differently given dramatic changes in the Arctic landscape.

These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on December 14, 2005 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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