Polar Star, the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, completes ice drills in the Arctic in this July 3, 2013 handout photo. The United States is sending the Polar Star to help free Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon gripped by Antarctic ice, the Coast Guard said on January 4, 2013. The Polar Star is responding to a request for assistance from Australian authorities as well as from the Russian and Chinese governments, it said in a statement. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Rachel French/Handout via Reuters

Opinion

Stability in the Arctic: Dancing with polar bears

June 18, 2015, Robert Hein

The United States needs more icebreakers in the Arctic, but current proposals to fund them via the Navy are misguided, explains Robert Hein. Instead, the U.S. national security apparatus must come up with additional strategies for the Arctic, such as leasing icebreakers, continuing increased multilateral military exercises in the Arctic, and expanding the Coast Guard’s current capabilities.

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