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


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1030904.pdf


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