Accession Number : ADA589779


Title :   The Evolving Arctic: Current State of U.S. Arctic Policy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Dwyer, William G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589779.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 111


Abstract : The Arctic environment is in a state of flux and the U.S. government must be prepared to handle the evolution and capitalize on the opportunities. Once barren and desolate, the Arctic is slowly coming to life with industry and commerce brought about by receding ice conditions. Along with that comes the need for a comprehensive and actionable Arctic policy. The other Arctic nations that ring the North Pole are quickly adapting to the shifting Arctic. Unlike the U.S., they have established Arctic policies, are implementing plans to operate in the region, and taking advantage of the opportunities that this new frontier has to offer. The U.S. framework is the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. The plan is short on detail and aspirational in nature. It lacks clear direction and authority. The U.S. has yet to commit to its role as an Arctic nation. The U.S. Arctic lacks infrastructure such as a deep-water port, a joint military base, and additional heavy icebreaker assets. Additionally, there is no lead agency that has authority and funding to carry out U.S. Arctic objectives. Under the current state of affairs, the U.S. is vulnerable to security, economic, and sovereignty issues in the Arctic.


Descriptors :   *ARCTIC REGIONS , *HOMELAND SECURITY , *POLICIES , *STRATEGY , CANADA , COMMERCE , DEEP WATER , DENMARK , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , FINLAND , ICEBREAKERS , ICELAND , INDUSTRIES , INFRASTRUCTURE , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , MILITARY FACILITIES , NATIONS , NORWAY , REGIONS , RUSSIA , SECURITY , SWEDEN , THESES , VULNERABILITY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Geography
      Civil Defense
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE