Air Force, Space Force to Debut New Arctic Strategy

Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond will launch the Department of the Air Force’s first-ever Arctic Strategy on July 21 during a virtual event with the Atlantic Council

Despite a long history of Arctic operations, USAF has never had its own strategy for operating in the region. The White House first released a National Strategy for the Arctic in 2013 under the Obama Administration, and the Department of Defense soon followed suit with its own Arctic Strategy. That strategy was updated in 2016 and then again in 2019

Barrett stressed the growing importance of the Arctic in a keynote address at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium in February, calling it a “central mission” for the Air Force. “As in space, America is resolute in defending and protecting international norms of access and navigation as Arctic resources and sea routes gain importance,” she said.