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Public administration PhD student co-authors Politico op-ed

November 21, 2016


The piece, critical of the Coast Guard’s attempts to secure an Arctic icebreaker, is based on research Zachary Huitink has done with two Maxwell professors.

ZacharyHuitinkResearch conducted by Maxwell PhD candidate Zachary Huitink — in collaboration with David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School, and Sean O'Keefe, University Professor — forms the basis of an opinion piece published by Politico earlier this fall.

The op-ed, titled “The Coast Guard's Flawed Icebreaker Plan,” criticizes the Coast Guard for pursuing a plan to build a new icebreaker at the cost of $1 billion. That icebreaker, which will take 10 years to complete, will provide only the second icebreaker in America’s fleet, at a time when other nations vying for control of the Arctic have dozens.

In the op-ed, Huitink, Van Slyke, and O’Keefe offer five options for speedier, less expensive development of an icebreaker fleet. Those suggestions are based on research that was prepared for a conference on the Alaskan Arctic during summer 2015.

Read the entire Politico op-ed at  Daily Orange article here.

Also available:


  • Huitink’s work for the at IBM Center for the Business of Government here and here
  • More about the summer 2015 conference at Maxwell Perspective


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