Author: Ken Osterkamp

  • Coast Guard hosts senior Arctic leader orientation visit

    Coast Guard Hosts Senior Leader Arctic Orientation Visit to Strengthen Partnerships in the Arctic, by Homeland Security Today, July 28, 2022. “The Coast Guard 17th District, and Sector Anchorage hosted visitors from Washington, D.C., in Anchorage, Alaska, July 18-19, 2022, to improve unity of effort in the region. The two-day tour provided policy makers and…

  • Murkowski to introduce bill aimed at boosting US influence in the Arctic

    August 3, 2022 – Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a “comprehensive Arctic bill [focused] on national security, research, shipping, and trade… It requires reports on eliminating Russia’s monopoly on Arctic shipping and establishing a permanent U.S. maritime presence in the Arctic. It calls for investments in deepwater Arctic ports and improves coordination among federal agencies on Arctic…

  • Army tackles Arctic challenges alongside European allies

    Army Tackles Arctic Challenges Alongside European Allies, by Mikayla Easley, August 2, 2022 in National Defense Magazine. The author covers the renewed emphasis on Arctic operations by the US Army, including the Army’s 2021 strategy document, Regaining Arctic Dominance: The US Army in the Arctic. During a discussion of Army strategy at a recent defense defense exhibition…

  • Satellite images show huge Russian military buildup in the Arctic

    Satellite Images Show Huge Russian Military Buildup in the Arctic, by Nick Walsh, CNN, April 5, 2021: “Russia is amassing unprecedented military might in the Arctic and testing its newest weapons in a region freshly ice-free due to the climate emergency, in a bid to secure its northern coast and open up a key shipping…

  • Exploring Gaps in Arctic Governance: Identifying Potential Sources of Conflict and Mitigating Measures

    Exploring Gaps in Arctic Governance: Identifying Potential Sources of Conflict and Mitigating Measures is a 2021 RAND report by Benjamin Sacks et al. Together with an interactive map, Potential Drivers of Crises in the Arctic, it explores “six categories of potential conflict catalysts”: The authors identify “three key governance gaps in relation to these catalysts”: The report…

  • A US security strategy for the Arctic

    A U.S. Security Strategy for the Arctic was posted to War on the Rocks by David Auerswald on May 27, 2021. Auerswald is a professor of security studies at the U.S. National War College in Washington, DC. In the article Auerswald details the geopolitical competition in the Arctic from Russia and China, the shortcomings of the current patchwork US approach,…

  • Arctic security: Deterrence and detente in the High North

    Arctic Security: Deterrence and Détente in the High North, was posted to the Arctic Institute website by Rolf Folland on March 30, 2021. Folland took over in August 2021 as chief of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. He starts his article with the argument, “that Norway should lean its Arctic strategy more towards deterrence to avoid exploitation by…

  • Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

    Updated multiple times per year by the Congressional Research Service since its initial publication in 2010, the March 24, 2022, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress report is an 82-page high-level overview of geopolitical, economic, and environmental Arctic policy issues. The report is a useful overview for elected officials and public policy decision-makers new to Arctic…