The Unified Command Plan: Operational Command and Control in the Arctic
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Arctic nations are paying more attention to their Arctic territories and to defining their respective boundaries. A more accessible Arctic opens the possibilities for shorter shipping routes, tourism, and industry through natural resource exploitation that appeals to non-Arctic nations as well. However, the Arctic poses its own set of challenges, including boundary disputes, overlapping continental shelf claims, environmental protection, and security. For the United States to protect its own interests, it needs a command and control structure that will encourage unified action and facilitate unity of effort. To achieve this, the boundaries as drawn by the Unified Command Plan should be revised to divide the Arctic between United States Northern Command and United States European Command.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Command, Control and Communications Systems