Russia has been busy in the Arctic in 2015. Its activities, according to a fascinating round-up by the New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers, have included a massive military exercise featuring “45,000 troops, as well as dozens of ships and submarines, including those in its strategic nuclear arsenal, from the Northern Fleet,” the permanent deployment of two new brigades of troops to the country’s northern reaches, and increased air patrols. By contrast, the U.S. army is considering reducing the number of troops it keeps in Alaska. Earlier in August, Russia resubmitted a claim to a huge undersea expanse of the Arctic to the U.N. Russia fields 41 icebreakers, compared to two fielded by the United States, and is building 10 search-and-rescue stations with accompanying communications infrastructure along its northern coast. There is a lot of oil and gas under that ice, and Russia is playing for keeps.
President Obama is traveling to the United States’ Arctic frontier this week in Alaska. Here’s what he will be doing:
A former aide for Michael Dukakis decried Mark Begich (D., Alaska) for his “Willie Horton-style ad.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee will conduct a robocall campaign Wednesday to alert Alaskan voters of Sen. Mark Begich’s (D., Alaska) support for the carbon tax, according to Politico.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) on Tuesday slammed the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions as contrary to the nation’s economic interests.
A group of Asian men set off alarm bells in U.S. counterintelligence circles last week by showing up outside the entrance to a U.S. strategic missile base in Wyoming.
The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.
Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.