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A COOPERATIVE SPACE STRATEGY FOR THE ARCTIC: POLICY, STRATEGY AND OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF POLAR GREAT POWER COMPETITION

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Authors
Stokes, Nathan B.
Subjects
Canada
Denmark
Finland
Iceland
Norway
Russia
Sweden
United States
Arctic
national
security
space
strategy
international
cooperation
cooperate
collaboration
collaborate
collaborative
military
comprehensive
coalition
allies
ally
intergovernmental
bilateral
multilateral
NATO
Nordic
NORDEFCO
NORAD
SATCOM
ISR
PNT
defense
satellite
launch
policy
SSA
polar
great
power
competition
China
Greenland
high
latitude
Molniya
elliptical
orbit
north
Advisors
Moltz, James C.
Date of Issue
2021-06
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The Arctic is an emerging theater of strategic importance. Opening sea lines of communication and increased access to Arctic resources are forcing U.S. strategic planners and decision makers to address regional challenges. The reemergence of polar great power competition, coupled with rapid climate change, has drastically altered the strategic demand for space capabilities within the region. This thesis explored how the United States might benefit from a cooperative space strategy for the Arctic and whether the United States must build collaborative space capacity within the Arctic to achieve its stated strategic objectives within the region. While U.S. strategists have presented a clear case for strategic engagement and cooperation in the High North, the United States currently lacks a comprehensive Arctic strategy for space that encompasses the challenges, opportunities, and existing capabilities and gaps of U.S. allies and partners in the region related to the space domain. Although U.S. Arctic strategies have consistently highlighted the fundamental necessity to enhance Arctic domain awareness and the political and geostrategic challenges that the United States faces within the Arctic region, these strategies lack an overarching framework for allied and partner space cooperation to achieve these effects. This thesis investigates how the United States builds allied and partner space cooperation in the Arctic to reinforce U.S. strategic interests in the region.
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Space Systems Academic Group (SP)
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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