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DoD Releases 2013 Arctic Strategy

Arctic watersLast week the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its 2013 Arctic Strategy. This report serves as the DoD's plan for helping the United States to achieve its national objectives in the Arctic, as outlined in the May 2013 National Strategy for the Arctic Region.

"This strategy identifies the Department's desired end-state for the Arctic: a secure and stable region where U.S. national interests are safeguarded, the U.S. homeland is protected, and nations work cooperatively to address challenges."

In order to achieve this desired end-state, the strategy articulates two main supporting objectives: "ensure security, support safety, and promote defense cooperation" and "prepare to respond to a wide range of challenges and contingencies." These objectives are meant to operate "in conjunction with other nations when possible, and independently if necessary, in order to maintain stability in the region."

According to the strategy, "priority will be given to addressing key near-term challenges primarily in key enablers, including: shortfalls in ice and weather reporting and forecasting; limitations in C4ISR due to lack of assets and harsh environmental conditions and limited domain awareness."