DOD Addressed Many Specified Reporting Elements in Its 2011 Arctic Report but Should Take Steps to Meet Near- and Long-term Needs
The gradual retreat of polar sea ice, combined with an expected increase in human activity could eventually increase the need for a US military and homeland security presence in the Arctic. The author of this paper argues that as a result of these developments, the Department of Defense (DOD) must begin preparing to access, operate, and protect US national interests in the region.
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John H Pendleton
US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC