07 May 2019

Pompeo: Russia is “aggressive” in Arctic, China’s work there also needs watching

At a meeting of the Arctic Council, which consists of the United States, Canada, Russia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and representatives of the region’s indigenous populations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday criticized Russian and Chinese activity in the region. While China doesn’t have any territory in the

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23 Jan 2019

Russia tests ‘underwater quadcopter’ for Arctic exploration

Russia has developed a prototype for an unmanned underwater drone for use in Arctic operations. Potential uses include searches for sunken vessels and objects, natural resource exploration, and more. While the drone is fairly simple in design, underwater drones continue to lag behind their land and air-based counterparts in both

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10 Jan 2019

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Emphasizes the Importance of Projecting Strength in the Arctic

Did you know that, by 2022, more advanced fighter jets will be based in Alaska than anywhere else in the world? “Whoever holds Alaska will hold the world,” declared a US general a few years before WWII and before the US conducted its first-ever mass airlift and aerial bombing operations

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26 Dec 2018

China’s advances in Arctic may pose security threat to Canada

The arctic is becoming increasingly militarized as countries, including China, jostle for positions and to protect trading lanes and claims of different sorts. And while Canada has downplayed threats from China, it has complained about Chinese disregard for international rules and voiced concerns that China will repeat escalatory tactics in

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31 Oct 2018

With Russia in its crosshairs, Canada moves to buy sub hunters

While the U.S. launches naval exercises with carriers above the arctic circle for the first time since the Cold War, Canada is reflecting growing threats in their decision to purchase submarine hunting frigates. According to a Lockheed Martin Canada VP, this purchase is part of a larger industry movement toward

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22 Oct 2018

The Navy sends a carrier back to Russia’s Arctic haunts for the first time since 1991

The U.S. Navy has sent an aircraft carrier into the Norwegian Sea in the arctic circle, the first time since 1991, as part of a NATO exercise. The change is due both to the expanding accessibility of areas once covered by ice and the increased Russian activity and the area

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04 Oct 2018

U.S. Admiral Warns of Russian Submarines Challenging U.S. Defenses

“The head of naval forces in Europe warned that Russia is preparing an underwater battlespace in the Northern Atlantic and that U.S. naval presence is more important now than any time since the fall of the Soviet Union. Adm. James Foggo said in the second episode of his ‘On the

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24 Aug 2018

UK lawmakers urge investment in Arctic capabilities

The House of Commons Defense Committee has called upon UK ministers to be “extremely wary” of Russia’s military intentions and capabilities in the Arctic region, and to expand the country’s own arctic military capabilities. The report highlights the “tenfold increase in Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic” that is

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29 Jun 2018

China opens bids for first nuclear-powered icebreaker

Reflecting the arctic’s increased position as a strategic priority for China, the country recently opened bids for the production of its first nuclear-powered icebreaker. Russia currently dominates globally in terms of civilian-operated nuclear-powered icebreakers, maintaining a fleet of four with three more on the way. The Russian military fleet boasts

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20 Jun 2018

US may be falling behind in the Arctic

New strategic shipping lanes and a number of natural resources have become accessible due to continued meltdown of the polar ice cap. And, while Russia and China have made the Arctic a strategic priority, the US did not mention it anywhere in its National Defense Strategy released in January. This

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