Arctic Planning Navy Report To Congress Aligns With Current Assessments Of Arctic Threat Levels And Capabilities Required To Execute Dods Strategy Gao
U.S. Navy and Arctic Planning
GAO reviewed the Navy’s June 2018 Arctic assessment and found that it aligns with Department of Defense (DOD)
assessments that the Arctic is at low risk for conflict and that DOD has the
capabilities to execute the 2016 DOD Arctic Strategy. The June 2018 report also
aligns with assessments of Arctic capabilities and gaps in the Navy’s 2014
roadmap for implementing the strategy. The June 2018 report states that the
Navy can execute the strategy with subsurface, aviation, and surface assets.
The report notes the significant limitations for operating surface ships in the
Arctic, but states that the Navy has the capabilities required for executing the
strategy, and so has no plan to design ice-hardened surface ships. In addition,
DOD officials stated that the United States has options other than Navy surface
ships for demonstrating the U.S. right to operate in the Arctic, including using
Coast Guard vessels, Navy submarines, or military aircraft.
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