US Navy looks to climate change and the melting Arctic

Steven Hodson - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:18 p.m. ET

If there is one issue that is guaranteed to get everyone all stirred up (and no I’m not referring to Apple vs Microsoft) whenever it is mentioned it is talk about climate change. There are those that believe that the whole climate change discussion is nothing more than hot air but it appears that the U.S. Navy isn’t one of those groups.

With an eye to the future melting of the Arctic the Navy has recently created the Navy Task Force Climate Change (TFCC) who recently released their Arctic Roadmap in which they acknowledged that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the as the rest of the globe.

The report also suggests that the Arctic may experience nearly ice free summers by 2030 and this has cause them to develop a three-phase plan to secure U.S. interests in the Arctic.

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One of the Navy’s main goals in the warmed-up Arctic is international diplomacy and “cooperative partnerships”. But amid rising military competition, the document also reflects preparation for potential discord. The plan includes an assessment of Arctic stakeholders and their motivations, to “determine the most dangerous and the most likely threats” and “provide opportunities for cooperative solutions.” That data will be used in strategic analysis, by applying game theory “to consider the interdependencies between actors and actions.” Then the Navy wants to strengthen key international military and business partnerships, to improve “operations, training and common investments.”

Source:Wired Danger Room blog

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Gee the Navy seems to get what everyone else appears to want to ignore.


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