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  • “Huge potential” for industry ahead of Danish study on Arctic priorities and future requirements“Huge potential” for industry ahead of Danish study on Arctic priorities and future requirements
    Lars Hedemark has recently been appointed Head of the Arctic Project Organisation for the Danish Ministry of Defence. He is currently overseeing the final stages of the Danish Whitepaper that will set out the priorities and requirements for the Danish armed forces in the Arctic, which is due for release in May. Speaking exclusively to Defence IQ, Mr Hedemark said the report would be “a thorough analysis of the Ministry of Defence’s future task execution in the Arctic” and would cover requirements for the expected increases in mining activity, maritime and air traffic, as well as the climactic changes and its consequences.

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  • NEW:[Market Report] Arctic Patrol & Reconnaissance 2016NEW:[Market Report] Arctic Patrol & Reconnaissance 2016

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  • The Arctic Region Shopping ListThe Arctic Region Shopping List
    April 2016
    Read Defence IQ's update on who's investing in OPVs, ISR, MPAs and UAVs in the High North.
  • NATO and EU concerns escalate over Russian information warfare and propaganda operationsNATO and EU concerns escalate over Russian information warfare and propaganda operations
    NATO, the EU and individual nations are becoming increasingly perturbed by ongoing disinformation and propaganda warfare operations carried out by the Kremlin in Western countries. The operations are intended to create and exploit public divisions in order to wear down and manipulate day-to-day political life, and to build the capability to impair and undermine key national and international decision making processes in time of tension. Their objectives are to condition, control and manipulate public, media and official perceptions and as importantly their responses, through deception, misleading information and substitute themes.
    Read Bruce Jones, Policy Expert's review of the developing threat scenario here
  • Icelandic Coast Guard continues drive to Arctic cooperationIcelandic Coast Guard continues drive to Arctic cooperation
    March 2014
    As a member of the Arctic Council, the presence of the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) remains important to the wider security issues of the region. ICG Director Rear Admiral Georg Lárusson speaks to Defence IQ to outline the priority goals of the service in the Arctic region, its ambitions for further multinational coordination and the SAR challenges faced in such a severe climate...

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  • Canadian satellites “on target” to revolutionise maritime domain awarenessCanadian satellites “on target” to revolutionise maritime domain awareness

    March 2014 The Canadian government is prioritising sovereignty as the top focus for its Arctic strategy. To achieve this, a robust surveillance and communications network is a must, but, with budgets as tight as they are, there remains anxiety over the ability to meet full expectations. Fortunately, programme managers on the forward-looking RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) say that the initiative continues to receive strong backing ahead of its completion deadline of 2018, drawing a fascinating picture for tomorrow's open ocean surveillance worldwide...

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  • Arctic Patrol and Reconnaissance Global Procurement MapArctic Patrol and Reconnaissance Global Procurement Map

    This year’s Arctic Patrol and Reconnaissance event will bring the Arctic and Observer nations together to discuss the latest operational challenges and developments in the region. Cooperation will be a major theme of the conference, both across operations and joint exercises and also on a technical level with the need to explore data share opportunities.

    This interactive map reveals the key procurement programmes in place by the key Arctic nations and Observer nations and details some of the current and future plans for offshore patrol fleets, ISR, maritime patrol and UAV assets.


  • US Navy Arctic Road Map 2014 - 2030US Navy Arctic Road Map 2014 - 2030
    Newly released, the official US Navy Arctic Road Map provides a concise overview of the service's future direction in the region over the coming 16 years. From pursuit of policy to leadership arrangements, this report provides revised strategic guidance, timelines for specific tasks and reviews, and security measures to be taken - all in light of the new challenges that the changing climate presents.


  • NORAD & USNORTHCOM: priorities, plans and partnerships in the ArcticNORAD & USNORTHCOM: priorities, plans and partnerships in the Arctic
    April 2013
    Since 2002, United States homeland security efforts have been under the command and control of USNORTHCOM, unifying defensive responsibility from the Caribbean to Greenland and out west to the Pacific. The commander of USNORTHCOM also overseas the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the joint US-Canadian branch responsible for aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for the upper territories. It’s been a successful partnership to date and considering the sheer size of its area of interest, that ongoing success remains critical. This year’s Arctic Patrol & Reconnaissance conference will hear from these Commands in the form of Brigadier General Alexander Meinzinger, Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Plans and Michael Addy, Senior Policy Analyst of the Doctrine Branch. Before the conference kicks off, Defence IQ speaks to Brigadier General Meinzinger to get the fundamental position of these great Arctic nations on the record…
  • A land so wide and savage: The U.S. Coast Guard need for cuttersA land so wide and savage: The U.S. Coast Guard need for cutters

    February 2013

    Commander Kenneth Boda, PEO of the USCGC POLAR STAR, joins Defence IQ on the line to discuss the challenges he discovered onboard the Coast Guard’s flagship USCGC BERTHOLF last year for Operation Arctic Shield and the recent investment into icebreaker platforms critically required for working in these harsh environments today. The USCGC Director of Emerging Policy will also be presenting at this year’s event.


  • Why is the Arctic a cornerstone for geopolitics?
    With maritime operations and surveillance in the Artic becoming an ever more significant issue in global geopolitics, Defence IQ invited Dr. Katarzyna Zysk to discuss the subject further. Dr. Zysk is an associate professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo, which is a part the Norwegian Defence University College. Dr Zysk is also a research scholar at the U.S. Naval War College – Center for Naval Warfare Studies. With a background in international history and international relations, Dr Zysk specializes in security studies. In several past years, her research interests have centred on transformations in the High North and the Arctic. Among the most recent works is a post-doctoral research project on security in the Arctic, with special focus on Russia’s policies (2009–2012). The project was a part of the international research programme Geopolitics in the High North, sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and chaired by the Norwegian
  • Why the controversy over Canadian Arctic investment?Why the controversy over Canadian Arctic investment?
    April 2013
    As independent think tanks release a report this month to criticise several decision made by the Canadian government on new Arctic platforms, we explore the debate. Will the incoming Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel fleet be robust enough to deal with ice flows? Will a newly approved satellite system end up being delayed like its forerunners? And should the Coastguard be taking on the authority of Arctic security instead of the Navy? Read more here before the official update at this year's conference, during which these very issues will be discussed with senior decision-makers.
  • Open Arctic Waters Increase the Demand for Icebreaking CapabilityOpen Arctic Waters Increase the Demand for Icebreaking Capability

    February 2013

    Contributed by Cdr Kenneth Boda, USCGC, and originally published by the Institute of the North, this astute article outlines the argument for polar icebreakers and similar vessels in what has become an increasingly accessible ocean amid this time of receding sea ice.