The Army has just released its Arctic strategy. Although it will primarily impact troops stationed in Alaska, the document has global ambitions beyond the northernmost U.S. state.

In 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) published its most recent Arctic Strategy. Its objective is an Arctic that “is a secure and stable region in which U.S. national interests are safeguarded, the U.S. homeland is defended, and nations work cooperatively to address shared challenges.”

The Arctic is defined as “all U.S. and foreign territory north of the Arctic Circle and all U.S. territory north and west of the boundary formed by the Porcupine, Yukon, and Kuskokwim Rivers; all contiguous seas, including the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas; and the Aleutian islands chain.”

Using this definition, the Arctic encompasses areas of responsibility of three different geographic combatant commands (USNORTHCOM, USINDOPACOM, USEUCOM), eight countries, and all-time zones.