USCG Pledges To Manage Russia, China in Arctic

USCG Pledges To Manage Russia, China in Arctic
U.S. Coast Guard photo by CPO David Mosley

As more sea lanes open and stay open longer due to “dramatic changes in the physical environment of the Arctic,” the Coast Guard is hamstrung with a fraction of icebreakers deployed by Russia, and may soon even trail China, which is not an Arctic nation.

The new Coast Guard analysis of challenges in the Arctic  — released Monday — arrives two months before the Pentagon is expected to release its updated vision for operations in the Arctic. The relook has become necessary due to “changes in regional geopolitical competition, economic drivers, and the physical environment,” in the Arctic, the strategic outlook says.

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