FAST FIVE: US Army To Revamp Alaska Forces To Prepare For Arctic Conflicts

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US Army To Revamp Alaska Forces To Prepare For Arctic Conflicts Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, The US Army is planning to revamp its forces in Alaska to prepare for potential future cold-weather conflicts in the Arctic, an area where Washington and its NATO allies are looking to expand their military footprint.

Army paratroopers during a skijoring exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Wormuth is considering replacing it with a more mobile infantry unit, and the Stryker vehicles would be substituted with vehicles more suited for the cold weather.

The US views the Arctic as an area to confront Russia and China, which has been reflected in strategies from each branch of the US military.

NATO has its eyes on expanding in the Arctic, which the alliance calls its “northern flank.” Finland, which shares an over 800-mile border with Russia, announced Thursday that it plans to apply to join NATO, expanding the alliance's Arctic territory on Russia's doorstep.

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