Arctic security considerations and the U.S. Navy’s “arctic roadmap”

David W. Titley, Courtney C. St. John

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Arctic sea-ice melting associated with global climate change has caused leaders from the United States and the international community to reconsider the national security implications of the region. Taking into account nearly a century of experience in the Arctic, new national policy, existing strategy, and geopolitical implications of the changing environment, the U.S. Navy has developed the Arctic Roadmap, which will guide policy, investment, and action regarding the region. With key themes of improved environmental understanding, informed investments, increased experience, cooperative partnerships, and support for the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Arctic Roadmap is meant to ensure navy readiness and capability and result in recognition of the navy as a valued partner by the joint, interagency, and international communities. the changing arctic environment. The Arctic has long been a dynamic and harsh environment in which virtually all maritime operations have been hazardous, if not impossible. Yet traditional views of the Arctic as a nonnavigable region are beginning to shift. Relative to the 1970s, the Earth's temperature has increased sufficiently to cause significant melting of glaciers and diminishment in Arctic sea ice. The prevailing and well-established scientific view attributes this temperature change to anthropogenic emissions of “greenhouse” gases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArctic Security in an Age of Climate Change
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780511994784
ISBN (Print)9781107006607
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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