Accession Number : AD1030904

Title :   Arctic Ice Melting: National Security Implications

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Air University, Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s) : Sturd,Dione

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Report Date : 01 Feb 2011

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Arctic ice melting will be the next global cataclysmic change that will have profound impacts on America's national security. The Arctic comprises nearly one-sixth of the world's total land mass and is projected to have an abundance of oil and natural gas reserves. Key maritime channels are now navigable for parts of the year and human activities are increasing due to improved access to the region. Accessible sea passages will have far-reaching impacts to global economies. As global trade routes become viable, oceanic transit shipping times decrease, markets expand, and global competition increases, political and economic friction is likely to increase which could lead to regional or global instability.

Descriptors :   national security , climate change , economic analysis , economic impact , waterways , coast guard , international law , ice breakup , thawing , arctic regions , agreements , political science , policies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE