Heightened focus on the Arctic brings attention, challenges to the Air Force

Lt. Gen. Tom Bussiere, 11th Air Force commander, discusses the strategic importance of Alaskan Command and the arctic during the Alaskan Command Arctic Senior Leader Summit Jan. 18, 2019 on Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett)
There’s no mystery – or surprise – surrounding the Arctic’s strategic importance, a vast and foreboding expanse where the United States has maintained a resolute and unblinking presence for decades.

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