Arctic Smorgasbord

USCGC Healy and CCGC Louis S St-Laurent  (Photo by Jessica Robertson, US Geological Survey)

Defense News’ Early Bird Brief has, for some reason, provided us with a whole series of stories related to the Arctic. For Convience I have linked them below.

Frozen Pathways
The US Navy returns to an increasingly militarized Arctic
(Defense News) The U.S. Navy’s Barents Sea patrol is the latest sojourn into an increasingly militarized Arctic, where questions of international law are becoming proliferating.
Failure to communicate: US Navy seeks faster data transfers amid Arctic ice
(Defense News) Research in the Arctic Ocean is no small feat. The area can prove inaccessible at times, and sensors can fail to communicate data from under the ice or get crushed by slabs of ice.
Sen. Sullivan of Alaska talks military strength and strategy in the Arctic
(Defense News) When it comes to boosting the U.S. Defense Department’s role in the frigid Arctic, nobody in Congress seems hotter under the collar than Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska.
SpaceX could fill the US military’s Arctic communications gap by the end of this year
(C4ISRNET) The U.S. Defense Department relies on a mixture of military and commercial satellites to connect its war fighters all over the world. And while users can complain that terminals are too bulky or that they should have the roaming capability exhibited in commercial cellphone technology, the system largely works.
China’s strategic interest in the Arctic goes beyond economics
(Defense News) In its Arctic policy published in 2018, China proclaimed itself as a “near-Arctic state,” a label that has since invited controversy.
A view from Finland: Security and defense in the Arctic
(Defense News) Just by looking at the map, it is evident why the Arctic region matters so much to Finland.
Sweden adjusts to rising tensions in the High North
(Defense News) When I look at the map, it is obvious that the North Atlantic, the Artic and the Baltic regions are strategically connected — and of considerable importance to trans-Atlantic security.
NATO’s Camille Grand on the alliance’s Arctic tack
(Defense News) Though the Arctic falls outside the Western military alliance’s traditional focus, NATO officials have begun paying closer attention to the region.
Gallery: Great power competition in the Arctic
(Defense News) Reports of increasing temperatures around the world are proliferating. But amid the heat, great military powers are eyeing the Arctic Circle, where in July 2019 at Canadian military post CFS Alert, the temperature hit 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

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