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dc.contributor.advisorDew, Nicholas
dc.contributor.authorHegedusich, William
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:37:39Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:37:39Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56938
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractWhen it comes to the Arctic, there is no lack of planning, debating, studying, or shortage of opinions as to what the U.S. should or should not do in this region of extremes. Should the United States spend billions on icebreakers that when completed may not have ice to break, ignore the region and hope the rest of the world follows suit, or worse, militarize the region for an unknown future threat? Given the budget-constrained environment and lack of threat to the U.S. national security from the Arctic, is there another option or method to allow policy makers to envision a different future for the Arctic, one requiring them to wait and do nothing, knowing with some certainty that taking no action is the right decision at this moment in time? Using scenario planning, this thesis examines four future scenarios for the Arctic and evaluates the strategic patience and persistence strategy introduced in the 2015 National Security Strategy to understand better the costs, risks, and benefits of doing little or nothing in the Arctic. Given the uncertainties in the Arctic and faced with greater threats to the homeland, the strategic patience and persistence strategy is a viable approach to pursue in the Arctic, which allows the U.S. to achieve its national Arctic goals.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/thearcticwaitnds1094556938
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis 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.en_US
dc.titleThe Arctic: a wait and see approach to defending the homelanden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderJansen, Erik
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorArcticen_US
dc.subject.authorscenario planningen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategic patienceen_US
dc.subject.authorpersistenceen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategy absenceen_US
dc.description.serviceCivilian, Department of the Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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