The January 13th Wall Street Journal article by Julian E. Barnes is headlined “Arctic Passage Opens Challenges for U.S. Military: Thinning Polar Ice Expected to Give Way to New Commercial Waterways and Resource-Rich Frontier”
The information in this article pleased me because my husband Mitchell R. Miller and I had already written in our military thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS about the U.S. Navy dealing with a scenario at a Russian ice station near the edge of the Arctic icecap.
The Journal article stated:
A new Navy strategy, set for release in coming weeks, says increased commercial traffic, oil and gas exploration and tourism will create new demands in the Arctic. The paper, a draft of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, notes the Navy lacks “operational experience” and ships properly outfitted for the extreme weather. It must also address poor satellite coverage.
(And, yes, a submarine’s problems with being out of communication with its home base also figures in our thriller.)
The article also stated:
The long coast of Alaska gives the U.S. claim to a large economic zone in the Arctic … For the Navy, that means protecting new shipping lanes and making waters safe for energy and mineral companies. For the Coast Guard, it means responsibility for rescues aboard foundering ships or endangered oil platforms.
(Our thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS also deals with the Coast Guard keeping safe from terrorists the coastline along the Pacific Ocean.)
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Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books/ebooks, including TOP TIPS FOR HOW TO PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK IN THE AGE OF AMAZON and the romantic suspense spy thriller CIA FALL GUY.