Arctic Maritime Security and Defence – Canadian Northern Security Opportunities and Challenges


  1. Christensen, K.D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Operational Research Div;Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
At a time when the North is considered to be more susceptible to asymmetric and non-traditional threats, the Navy has very limited capabilities to operate in this environment. This technical report examines Canadian Arctic maritime security and defence issues over the next two and a half decades and beyond. It was conducted as an area study to facilitate the Maritime Staff’s knowledge and understanding of the Arctic environment in a post-September 11, 2001 world. The central question asked was: what, if any, security opportunities and challenges does the Canadian Navy face in the North in the next 25 years? Research was based on an analysis of open source literature, electronic sources, published and unpublished reports and papers, and interviews. The broad conclusion to be drawn from the study is that regardless of the possible impact of global warming, the Navy does not have a significant role in the Arctic, nor will it likely acquire one in the next 25 years. The Navy will retain a largely supportive role in the North, with primary responsibility for security issues falling on the other services and other government departments (ODG). While there are important operational considerations to take into account when deployed in the Arctic, the findings of this study does not envisage the need to divert assets or undertake ambitious programs to acquire platforms with a multi-year ice capability.

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Canadian Navy;Navy;Arctic;North;Northern;Security;Defence;Maritime
Report Number
DRDC-ORD-TR-2005-001 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Feb 2005
Number of Pages
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