US military continues to focus on the Arctic | Polarjournal
The American nuclear submarine “USS Connecticut” surfaces during the 2020 ice exercise (ICEX). ICEX 2020 is a biennial submarine exercise. (Photo: US Navy, Mike Demello)

The US is trying to counter Russian actions in the Arctic. The Department of Defense is very concerned about Russia’s expansion in the region. The military’s leadership believes that more needs to be done to establish a lasting presence in the region.

Partner nation flags fly over Ice Camp “Seadragon” during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2020. ICEX 2020 is a biennial submarine exercise to promote cooperation among allies and partners and maintain operational readiness and regional stability. (Photo: US Navy, Michael B. Zingaro)

Climate change is spurring ice melt in the Arctic Ocean and opening up parts of the Arctic to both transportation and natural resource development.

Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, “Currently, I would assess our capabilities as being in the process of developing a game plan. We are not able to have the stamina to keep up with the development in the Arctic on a daily basis.”

The United States is working with Canada to modernize and build its additional military capabilities in the Arctic. Last year, the Norfolk-based US 2nd Fleet joined the Canadian Forces to conduct an exercise there.

There are currently 10 U.S. satellites in orbit to promote awareness in the region. Another 100 satellites are planned to monitor the region.

Heiner Kubny, PolarJournal

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