LONDON, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - With emerging political, economic and diplomatic concerns quickly arising in the Arctic, nations with a stake in the region are now investing heavily in the northern frontier to amend a long-running lack of infrastructure and assets capable of dealing with the rigors of the environment.
Recognising the demand for joint force integration, senior representatives from the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) are due to address the future of Arctic maritime security alongside fellow regional partners in Copenhagen, from 21 - 23 May, with the hope of finding new avenues towards interoperable technology and tactics.
In an interview with Defence IQ, organizers of the Arctic Patrol and Reconnaissance conference, Brigadier General Alexander Meinzinger, the joint-Command's Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Plans, commented ahead of his presentation on his intentions of working more with the private sector, highlighting recent work with end-users to meet this common interest. [Read the full interview at: http://bit.ly/ZBojoV ].
"We got together, not only with Shell Oil, but a whole host of other interagency partners and we battle-drilled contingency plans such as an oil spill," said Menizinger.
"I believe industry is one of our absolute key partners… As we look to invest in the Arctic in a prudent way, unquestionably we'll be relying on them to provide capabilities."
European naval and coast guard commanders and programme heads are also assembling at the event at the Royal Danish Defence College, representing Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Sponsoring the event is Saab, ST Kinetic, Military Equipment Denmark and Atlas Elektronik Finland, who will have access to senior military decision-makers to discuss future communications, surveillance and combat management systems for the Arctic.
Find out more by visiting: http://www.ArcticPatrolandRecon.com
SOURCE: Defence IQ
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