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Unread post27 Mar 2021, 21:08

Air Force, Space Force Release Department’s First-Ever Arctic Strategy
21 Jul 2020 Amy McCullough

"The Department of the Air Force unveiled its first-ever Arctic Strategy on July 21, with Secretary Barbara M. Barrett citing the Arctic’s increasing strategic importance as Russia builds up its military presence in the area, China looks to normalize its presence there, and melting ice caps open up sea lanes to more traffic, creating the potential for increased rescue operations.

The U.S. Air Force and Space Force maintain 79 percent of U.S. military assets and forces in the Arctic, including two large bases in Alaska, which combined will soon host more fifth-generation combat power than any other place on Earth, as well as a string of radar and early warning sites throughout Alaska, Canada, and Greenland....

...Eielson Air Force Base is in the process of bedding down the first F-35 squadrons in Pacific Air Forces, and it also hosts F-16 aggressors, Air National Guard KC-135s, and the Arctic Survival School, which teaches anyone who’s interested how to survive in the Arctic’s harsh environment.

“If you take the globe and you spin it up on end, it really provides you a unique power projection location where you can reach places into Europe, to all of North Asia, and then of course into the Eastern Asia area, so I think that’s of course very, very critical,” Col. Shawn E. Anger, commander of the 354th Fighter Wing at Eielson, told Air Force Magazine. “You could draw an eight-hour aircraft flight mark from our installation, and you can reach some of our most strategic locations, places that the National Defense Strategy calls out specifically as Great Power Competition.”

The Arctic provides significant strategy opportunities for all-domain power projection, according to the Department of the Air Force’s first-ever Arctic Strategy, released on July 21, 2020.

Cooperation with Allies and Partners
Cooperation with allies and partners is another key tenant of the strategy. The United States has a strong defense relationship with six of the seven Arctic countries, including NATO allies Canada, Denmark (including Greenland), Iceland, and Norway; and NATO Enhanced Opportunity Partners Finland and Sweden, according to the strategy.

“Interoperability is especially critical in the Arctic region due to terrain, limited access, and the low-density of domain awareness assets,” states the strategy. “Through the centuries, regional allies and partners have developed concepts, tactics, techniques, and procedures from which the Joint Force can greatly benefit.”

Some of these countries, such as Norway and Denmark, are also buying F-35s, offering even more opportunities for interoperability. In addition, the U.S. can learn from allies and partners when it comes to dispersed basing and search and rescue techniques, according to the strategy.

“We know that the F-35 is an incredible airplane and by having our partner nations and our allies with that airplane, we can almost effortlessly integrate and really enhance our combat capabilities and capacity,” Lt. Gen. David A. Krumm, commander of Alaskan Command, told Air Force Magazine. “It is a key cornerstone of our interoperability with our allies.”


Preparing for Arctic Operations
The final line of effort is preparation. U.S. Northern Command boss Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy often says you cannot be successful in the Arctic if you don’t prepare. With temperatures that can dip as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit, misunderstanding the environment could prove fatal.

The environment’s always trying to kill you in the Arctic,” [try a desert] Maj. Tyler Williams, commander of USAF’s Arctic Survival School, told Air Force Magazine. “This isn’t something you can go read in a book or watch a YouTube video about and then go out and be successful in. You have to get training, you have to know how your gear is going to respond, you have to know how you’re going to respond to the cold weather conditions, but also to the dark environment, there’s a psychological aspect to it.”"

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Unread post29 Mar 2021, 18:00

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