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WSJ: NATO Must Counter Russia's Arctic Buildup With US-Based Assets

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A Russian submarine 'Lipetsk' stands at Russia's Northern Fleet base in the town of Severomorsk, less than 200 miles from the Arctic Circle in 2007. (Alexander Nemenove/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 01 January 2018 07:30 PM

There is a cold war brewing in the Arctic — with Russia's "massive Russian military buildup" in the High North in need of a "new robust Western response," a former undersecretary of state urges.

In a commentary for The Wall Street Journal posted Monday, Paula J. Dobriansky, a senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and undersecretary of state from 2001-09, wrote the region is "of tremendous strategic importance for global trade and national security."

"Russia has been using Arctic waters as a sanctuary for its ballistic-missile-carrying submarines — the key component of its strategic nuclear forces — and wants to enhance its regional military infrastructure to protect them," she wrote. "This is driven by Moscow's longstanding view that a nuclear war can be won by a better-prepared side."

Russia began operating its own Arctic Command in 2015, and is pouring money into airfields, ports, air-defense installations, and barracks, along with military exercises and activities, she argues.

"There is not a single Western military facility in the Arctic and only a few U.S. Coast Guard assets operate there," she wrote. "A new robust Western response to the Russian military buildup in the Arctic is necessary."

Dobriansky lauds a NATO plan to create an Atlantic Command covering the Arctic, an initiative she says the Trump administration supports.

The administration "should ensure that the new command has a clear mission set addressing the alliance's interests in the Arctic," and be backed by "appropriate resources," she wrote, adding: "It would be also wise to host the new command's headquarters on American soil."

"Strong action to make the robust Atlantic Command a reality would counter Russia's military buildup and demonstrate continuing U.S. leadership within NATO and around the world," she wrote.

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Monday, 01 January 2018 07:30 PM
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