Accession Number:

ADA535574

Title:

Forging an Arctic Alliance: Canadian-U.S. JIATF-Arctic

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-10-27

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

An ice-free Northwest Passage in the summer of 2007 signaled the next chapter in North American continental defense and security. Long protected by a formidable, icy environment along the high northern approach, the effects of climate change opening an Arctic maritime domain require U.S. and Canadian leadership to re-evaluate theater command and control to mitigate the growing space-force imbalance. Shared interests, limited resources, and a strong history of bi-lateral security cooperation provide the foundation for establishing a combined Canadian-U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force Arctic CJIATF-A to meet new national strategic objectives in the Arctic. This paper examines the operational factors supporting the creation of a bi-national combined interagency task force, develops a notional command and control organization to achieve unity of command and unity of effort. While arguments against formation of a bi-national Arctic command are considered, this paper concludes that a combined Joint Interagency Task Force Arctic CJIATF-A under NORAD with alternating leadership, will best enable a COCOM to address the complexities of the changing Arctic region to promote responsible growth, regional stability, and continental security.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE