Bering Strait - Choke Point Control
US Naval War College Newport United States
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As global temperatures rise and sea ice diminishes, it is anticipated that the Arctic region may experience seasonal ice-free conditions by 2030. The United States recognizes the Arctics potential to advance the national interests of the country. Opening of new international trade routes and access to a wealth of natural resources has also increased Arctic interest and activity by both China and Russia. Due to Chinese interests and increasing Russian activity in the Arctic region, the US must conduct operational planning and revise the regions naval chain of command in order to improve their ability to control the Bering Strait as a strategic choke point in the event of heightened tensions with either country.