WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States continues to be concerned about Russian expansion in the Arctic region and military leaders say more needs to be done to develop a persistent presence in the region.
Changes in climate are affecting ice melt, which is opening up parts of the Arctic for both transportation, as well as development of natural resources.
Air Force General Glen VanHerck, commander of U.S. Northern Command, testified during a House Armed Services Committee hearing about the Arctic earlier this month.
"Currently, our capabilities, I would assess that we're in the game plan development. We're not able to have the persistence that I need to compete day-to-day in the Arctic," General VanHerck said.
The United States has been working with Canada to modernize and build additional military capabilities in the Arctic.
There are currently 10 U.S. satellites in orbit and 100 more are planned to assist with domain awareness in the region.