Oil in Alaska: Implications for United States Defense Strategy.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The basic question is whether the discovery of oil in Alaska increases the strategic importance of Alaska. Alaskas energy and other mineral resources, current defense planning, environmental questions, and strategic aspects of Alaska and the Arctic were examined. Data were gathered using a literature search and, in several instances, were verified by discussions with experienced, present or past Alaska inhabitants, both military and civilian. As further exploration points to even greater energy and other resources in Alaska, its strategic importance vis a vis our national objective of energy self-sufficiency and its strategic geographic position take on increasing importance. However, we are not prepared militarily to defend Alaska. More emphasis must be placed on strategic and defense planning. The development of Alaskas resources must be considered in the light of its impact on the environment. Author
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