Editorial Excerpt | Arctic absence
The financial challenges of ramping up Denmark’s capabilities in the Arctic are daunting.
It must address issues that include not just foreign and security policy, but also safety issues related to the growing cruise ship activity and mining, as well as environmental concerns.
Denmark has set aside money to purchase new helicopters and patrol ships, but sustaining Arctic policy will require continued investment.
Instead of spending 20 to 30 billion kroner [to replace the Air Force’s F-16s] with jets that will not be able to contribute to Arctic initiatives, and which are fantastically expensive to operate, parliament should use the money to beef up Denmark’s role in the Arctic.