WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces, Mark Milley, noted that climate change is leading to the melting of ice and the fact that resources in the region are becoming available.
In the future, the Arctic will become a region of rivalry between the great powers represented by Russia, China, and the United States. This forecast was made on Wednesday by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Armed Forces (AF), General Mark Milley.
“We understand the importance of the Arctic, the growing importance of the Arctic, as climate change leads to the melting of ice there and the fact that resources [in the region] are becoming available. It will become a sphere of great power competition – between the United States, China, and Russia. And, perhaps, by other countries,” the military commander said. He spoke at a hearing before the Committee on the Armed Forces of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.
The US authorities under the previous president Donald Trump have prepared the first new national defense strategy in 10 years. It was made public on January 19, 2018. As James Mattis, who served as the United States Secretary of Defense, clarified at the time, the new strategy “focuses on long-term strategic rivalry with Russia and China.” Washington will continue to conduct military campaigns against terrorists, but “rivalry between great powers, not terrorism” is now the focus of attention when ensuring the national security of the United States, Mattis explained.