US Army To Revamp Alaska Forces To Prepare For Arctic Conflicts

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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.

“I think right now the purpose of Army forces in Alaska is much more about creating an extreme cold weather capable formation,” Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told The Associated Press.

Army paratroopers during a skijoring exercise at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Image source: US Air Force

The Army currently has a Stryker brigade in Alaska that uses eight heavy vehicles. 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. “We’re trying to get to a place where we have Arctic capable forces — forces that can

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