Preparing for an Arctic Future: General Jacoby Looks at the Challenges

01/02/2013
[slidepress gallery='general-jacoby'] 2013-01-02 Arctic warming is creating a new Arctic environment and with it a new strategic situation. Changes are coming over time, but the strategic trajectories are very clear. New transportation routes, new resources, new security challenges and new defense dynamics are inevitable. And very little of this is at…

U.S., Canada Expand Arctic Cooperation, Military Training

12/12/2012
By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2012 – The United States and Canada entered into two new agreements today that expanded their security relationship by promoting closer cooperation in peacefully opening the Arctic and in expanding their bilateral military training and exercise program. Army Gen. Charles…

Alaska, the Arctic and Crafting Strategic Depth

10/10/2012
2012-10-10 by Robbin Laird A key element for the U.S. contribution to Pacific defense is the ability to provide strategic depth for our allies.  Projecting power forward is a key contribution to enhancing the ability of allies to defend themselves, and to shape an interoperable Pacific defense strategy.  Along with Canada,…

China and the Arctic: An Element of an Evolving Global Strategy

08/15/2012
2012-08-14 by Robbin Laird China is building an expanding global presence strategy, economically, politically and militarily.  And the impact of what they do on others is on the rise as well. We looked in our first Strategic Inflections Reports on the impact of the Chinese economy and its evolution worldwide. …

The Arctic Challenge: Arctic Shield 2012

08/03/2012
2012-08-03 Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crewmembers deploy the cutter's Spilled Oil Recovery System equipment near Barrow, Alaska, to conduct training on the ship's built-in spill recovery gear July 31, 2012 The SORS equipment is a vital asset to the Coast Guard's Marine Environmental Protection mission and is being deployed as part…

The New European Defense and Security Map: The Case of Norway

05/23/2012
5/23/12 By Robbin Laird As the Euro zone is re-shaped, it will have a major effect on Europeans and defense.  Defense and national forces are a key part of sovereignty and expression of what a nation believes and seeks to defend. The Euro zone countries face a major question because…

An Update on the US and the Arctic

12/19/2011
12/19/2011 Shortly before he was to testify before Congress with regard to the Arctic, Rear Admiral Jeffrey M. Garrett, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired) sat down with Second Line of Defense to provide our readers with an update. SLD: The icebreaker is an extremely important asset for presence in the Arctic…

A Danish Perspective on the Challenge of Arctic Security

12/15/2011
12/15/2011 During the recent visit of Second Line of Defense to Denmark, SLD’s Robbin Laird and Hans Tino Hansen of Risk Intelligence sat down with Admiral Nils Wang, Commandant of the Royal Danish Defence College and former head of the Danish Navy to discuss the challenges of Arctic security.  SLD has…