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Coast Guard Pledges To Manage Russia, China in Arctic

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Coast Guard wants to operate more consistently in the Arctic, but has a fraction of the icebreakers that Moscow can deploy.

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China & Russia In The Arctic: Axis Of Ambivalence

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


So are Chinese ambitions racing ahead of Arctic realities? “It seems the chickens are being counted before the eggs are hatched,” Sun admitted, “but the Chinese position is, ‘if the eggs are going to hatch, we want to make sure we’re there to collect the chickens.'”

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Is The Arctic The Next South China Sea? Not Likely

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Oil, gas, and minerals on the seabed. Disputed territorial claims. An increasingly aggressive China. Are we talking about the South China Sea or the Arctic Ocean? “As I look at what is playing out in the Arctic, it looks eerily familiar to what we’re seeing in the East and South China Sea,” Adm. Paul… Keep reading →

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It’s Time to Take Donald Trump Seriously

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Donald Trump is going to be president, notwithstanding the handwringing in the national security policy community about whether they should agree to serve in his administration (here, here, here, here, here).   Concerns are understandable given Trump’s unorthodox campaign and often extreme statements.  But there is an element of hubris in these commentaries and in discussions I… Keep reading →

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Trump, Clinton Do Not Get PDB; DNI Stresses Intel Community Not Political

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: In the face of a lot of what he called “catastrophizing” about the “very volatile time for the country” known as the presidential transition, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper offers a simple message: “It’ll be OK.” Of course, that reassurance came after Clapper outlined the dark precautions that are taken on Inauguration Day, including the designation of… Keep reading →

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Polar Bears, Robot Subs And Melting Ice: Navy’s ICEX 2016

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: Polar bears. Wind chill of 20 below. Ice floes drifting faster than ever thanks to global warming. Cutting holes in the ice big enough to drop unmanned mini-subs through. Keeping mini-drones aloft in the frigid winds to watch out for the aforementioned bears. Those are just some of the issues — many of them… Keep reading →

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Will Fracking, Climate Change, Solar Reshape US Security?

Posted by Jared Anderson on


Energy sources and related commodities have driven national security issues ever since the modern nation-state was born with the Peace of Westphalia. Oak made Spain and England’s stout sailing ships. Water energy and wind drove mills and moved water. Wood and coal moved steamships. Then came the almost magical commodity of oil, packed with energy. World War II… Keep reading →

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Flexible Forces Plus New Drone, Cyber, & Climate Policies Top 2013 Wish List

Posted by Rachel Kleinfeld on


As 2013 hurtles towards us, Breaking Defense has asked the experts on our Board of Contributors to forecast the key defense issues of the coming year (click here for the full 2013 forecast series). We kick off the series with this essay from Rachel Kleinfeld, founding president of the aggressively progressive Truman National Security Project.… Keep reading →

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