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Defending Canadian Arctic Sovereignty

daftandbarmy

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Meanwhile US Navy is really interested in European NATO's "high north" off Norway, not in North American Arctic:



BTW the Vice Commander of US 2nd Fleet is an RCN Rear-Admiral:

Mark
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Mainly because they want to usurp another NATO member, Denmark, in this 'GIUK Gap' region IIRC:

Danish Defence Report: Give Greenland More Influence!​


A recent report from the Centre for Military Studies in Copenhagen encouraged Denmark to include Greenlandic authorities to a stronger degree when shaping its High North policy. “The Greenland Card” must be used against the USA.

A recent report from the Centre for Military Studies in Copenhagen encouraged Denmark to include Greenlandic authorities to a stronger degree when shaping its High North policy. “The Greenland Card” must be used against the USA.
Denmark must play ‘the Greenland Card’ more actively in its approach to Arctic policy, but also make sure it removes the negative connotations, or taboos, that surround ‘the Greenland Card’. That can only happen through including Greenland’s ruling organs to a stronger extent in the developing of the so-called Danish Realm’s (Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands) Arctic policy.

Learn from Norway
This is the main conclusion in a recent report from the Danish Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen. The report “The Greenland Card – The significance of the Arctic to Denmark’s influence in the USA” also argues that Denmark should learn from Norway when it comes to placing the Arctic on the agenda and secure influence in Washington.

Following the end of the Cold War, Greenland as a strategic area is not as interesting to the USA as it once was, back in the time when the various governments of Denmark could play this card in order to achieve advantages in Nato and the USA, the report argues.

The value of the card may rise
“The value of the Greenland Card is therefore rather limited at present, though it may increase again should the relationship between Russia and the USA worsen” … “and there has been an increasing US interest in Greenland because of climate changes, globalization and the opening of the Arctic and the North Atlantic following from that” it reads further on.
The report’s authors argue that in general, Denmark should place more emphasis on the Arctic, and the country would benefit from taking inspiration from Norway’s approach to the USA. Denmark can and should develop a clearer Arctic strategy outlining what it wants with Greenland and how the trans-Atlantic relationship with the USA may be exploited.

A defensive Danish agenda
It is argued that the present Danish policy, which “focuses on supplying significant military contributions to US military operations, first and foremost in the Middle East, casts a shadow over the potential Greenland represents, while at the same time there is a mutual lack of trust between Nuuk and Copenhagen that contributes to creating a defensive Danish agenda”.
In order to avoid future Danish initiatives creating further discontent between the two capitals, the report strongly recommends that Denmark “to a more systematic degree includes Greenlandic authorities and politicians along, in order to develop new thoughts and include Greenland more in the relevant processes”.

A more open dialogue
It is also necessary, it is argued, to put an end to the taboos surrounding the Greenland Card. These taboos help solidify the lack of trust within the Danish Realm, and it is thus necessary to create a more open dialogue about what advantages Greenland may represent in the relationship to the USA, the report says.

 

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Greenland card, with Canadian content:

Denmark To Base Patrol Aircraft In Greenland Year-round​

Denmark is to permanently station a patrol aircraft in Greenland in a move that reflects the growing military importance of the Arctic region. The Danish Air Force will base one of its multirole Bombardier Challenger CL-604 aircraft at Kangerlussuaq year-round to perform maritime surveillance and...

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U.K. offering to help out a bit ....
Britain is signalling its interest in working with the Canadian military in the Arctic by offering to take part in cold-weather exercises and bring in some of its more advanced capabilities — such as nuclear-powered submarines — to help with surveillance and defence in the Far North.

In a recent exclusive interview with CBC News, the United Kingdom's top military commander said his country is "keen to cooperate" and learn more about how to survive and fight in a cold, remote setting.

Gen. Sir Nick Carter said Britain would also like to "cooperate in terms of helping Canada do what Canada needs to do as an Arctic country."

The offer was quietly floated months ago in government circles. Experts say, however, that successive Canadian governments have been reluctant to allow anyone — even close allies — to become too deeply embedded in the region ...
 

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"Gen. Sir Nick Carter said Britain would also like to "cooperate in terms of helping Canada do what Canada needs to do as an Arctic country."

I'm sure that someone will point out to him that the new AOPS's are doing exactly that.....
 

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That's not condescending at all...
Is it condescending when true?

"Gen. Sir Nick Carter said Britain would also like to "cooperate in terms of helping Canada do what Canada needs to do as an Arctic country."

I'm sure that someone will point out to him that the new AOPS's are doing exactly that.....
Exactly how long can they do that?
All winter long? Nope...

Fact is without a real Ice Breaker, AND without SSN's - Canada cannot patrol its own borders and territorial waters year long.
 

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Meh, we have a history of the Brits helping us do what we have to as an Arctic Nation. So wouldn’t be bad lol.
 

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No need to have defence capability when you have a Just Society clustered along the US border, mostly in the "wedge" below 49N.

Interesting mix south of the Muskokas.

New York Wannabes in the GTA and the West Island

Gun-totin' rust-belt settlers everywhere else
 

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The newest of the US DOD Regional Centers.
DoD Regional Centers (RC)

DoD Announces New Senior Advisor for Arctic Security Affairs
The Department of Defense announced the following advisor selection today:
Randy “Church” Kee, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, assumes duties as Senior Advisor for Arctic Security Affairs to assist with establishing the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, the Department of Defense’s sixth and newest regional center.

Kee is responsible for supporting the establishment and early operations of the new DoD institution, with the mission to engage in regional and global security issues through research, communication, and education. The goal of the center is to build strong, sustainable, international networks of security leaders to advance U.S. national security priorities in the Arctic region.
Kee will also work with partner nations to ensure a stable, rules-based order in the Arctic that will benefit the United States and all Arctic nations.
In 2020, the President appointed Kee as Commissioner to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, and he most recently served as the Executive Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Maritime Research, hosted by the University of Alaska.
He has also served as a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Polar Institute; Network member of the Canadian Hosted North American and Arctic Defense and Security Network; Designated U.S. lead for a technology working group hosted by the Chief of Naval Research in support of the International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research; lead for planning and execution of Arctic Affairs programs for Alaskan Command; and the Co-chair of the Alaska Civilian Armed Services Team, a State of Alaska Advisory Board to the Governor.
During his 30-year military career, Kee led at the squadron, group, wing, and Air Operations Center levels. He has contributed to U.S. Arctic Strategy, supported domain awareness technology development, and provided Defense Support to Arctic crisis response. He culminated his military service as Director of Strategy, Policy, Planning, and Capabilities for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

 

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We're still looking for the Franklin Expedition...

99.9% of Canadians hear the name 'Franklin' and think..

GIF by chuber channel
 
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