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Redefining U.S. Arctic Strategy
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Climate change continues to affect the Arctic region at a rate over twice the global average. Current estimates project the region will be navigable to maritime traffic in the off season as early as 2030. After nearly two decades of neglect, the U.S. has reached a point that autonomous recovery is improbable to achieve its objectives defined in National Security Strategy for the Arctic Region, the DOD Arctic Strategy, and the U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap. Therefore, to achieve these objectives, the U.S. should focus its multinational efforts toward a unified cooperation while it serves as chair of the Arctic Council. Domestically, the U.S. should refocus and realign the mission of ALCOM towards creating a dedicated research and development department, constituting JTF-AK dedicated to charting the Arctic region in coordination with the other Arctic states, and establishing itself as the training command for area and operational expertise.
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