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Arctic Academic eTalks – Defending North America: United States – Kingdom of Denmark – Greenland Defense and Security Relationship

March 31, 2022

Sara Olsvig is a Ph.D.-fellow at Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland. Olsvig is an appointed member of the Constitutional Commission of Greenland, and member of the Human Rights Council of Greenland. Sara Olsvig served as member of the Parliament of Denmark (2011 – 2015) and the Parliament of Greenland (2013 – 2018). She has been leader of the political party Inuit Ataqatigiit. Olsvig was Vice Premier and Minister of Social Affairs, Families, Gender Equality and Justice in the Government of Greenland from 2016 to 2018. Olsvig was member (2011 – 2014) and Chairperson of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region from 2013 to 2014. Olsvig holds a MSc in Anthropology and has previously worked as Executive Director for Inuit Circumpolar Council Greenland, to which she today is a delegate. Sara Olsvig is Inuk and lives in Nuuk, Greenland with her partner and their children.

Major (Air Force) Henrik Gram Pedersen has been head of Center for Arctic Security Studies, Royal Danish Defence College since September 2020. During his more than 25 years of service he has served in several fields of expertise. Since 2011 the focus has been on international relations, the Arctic and Ballistic Missile Defence. He was one of the co-writers of the Danish Ministry of Defence white paper on the Arctic released in 2016. He has also served in the Danish Delegation to NATO in Bruxelles and in US Central Command, Tampa. He holds a Master in Military Studies and besides his military education he has studied Strategic Communications at the Danish Scholl of Media and Journalism.
He is born in 1970, commissioned officer in 1996, lives in Copenhagen.

Dan Torweihe works in the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Campaign Planning and Initiatives Division.  He is an Arctic Subject Matter Expert. He is responsible for Arctic Strategy and Policy matters.  He is responsible for the USNORTHCOM content of the Arctic Defense and Security Orientation (ADSO) course.  He is the N&NC lead for the Arctic Collaborative Workshop.  He is also the N&NC lead for ICEX and the J5 lead for ARCTIC EDGE.  He was the primary author of the 2017 USNORTHCOM Strategic Estimate for the Arctic and the 2018 USNORTHCOM Homeland Defense Mission Analysis for the Arctic Region. He was also the primary USNORTHCOM author of the 2019 DOD Arctic Strategy and a key architect of the 2019 NDAA Arctic Wargame. Mr. Torweihe helps prepare the CDR for SASC and HASC testimony for Arctic matters.

Mr. Torweihe retired from the USAF in 2009 after over 26 of service, primarily as an F-16 pilot with four commands.  He was the first J53 division chief.

Dan’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, and dirt biking.  Dan is married to Patricia and they have seven adult children and ten grandchildren that all live in Colorado Springs.



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