Retired U.S. General: U.S. Military Ill-Prepared for Arctic Confrontation

Posted December 29, 2016 at 5:02am

Military Times reports that “the thawing Arctic, and its potentially vast deposits of minerals and natural gas, is opening the global community to intense competition among major geopolitical players, a competition that a former top U.S. military commander in Europe believes is vital to U.S. and NATO interests.”

“For the U.S., the Arctic is ‘absolutely vital — not only nationally but in the context of NATO — [as] all Arctic nations, save only Russia, are NATO members, and Russia is building real military muscle in the high north,’ said retired Adm. James Stavridis in an interview with Military Times.”

“’There will be strategic competition over resources — hydrocarbons and shipping routes, primarily — and global warming will exacerbate them by exposing those resources,’ Stavridis said.”