Arctic attracting new military scrutiny

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis on the surface of the Arctic Ocean after breaking through the iceIn 2013, US President Barack Obama said the Arctic was “peaceful, stable, and free of conflict” as he laid out a national strategy for the region. “The Arctic is a region that is getting more and more important,” US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Friday as he visited troops at Fort Wainwright in the Alaskan city of Fairbanks, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of the Arctic Circle. “It’ll be important to the United States, it’ll be important to other countries.

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