[I](Via Government Security News[/I])
In order to protect U.S. strategic interests as seasonal arctic ice decreases and arctic shipping lanes become more accessible, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, has introduced legislation that would require the U.S. secretaries of defense and homeland security to undertake a detailed study of the feasibility of establishing a deep water sea port in the Arctic.
“The ability for the U.S. to project its territorial claims and protect its economic interests in the arctic will become increasingly important,” said Murkowski on the Senate floor, on December 8, as she introduced her bill, S. 2849, the Arctic Deep Water Sea Port Act of 2009.
She called for a two-year study that would determine what strategic capabilities such a deep water sea port could provide, and which geographic location would provide the best protection for a wide spectrum of U.S. initiatives. The study will also explore the resource needs and timeframe to establish such a port.
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