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A new U.S. defense bill could require plans for an Arctic strategic port, missile warning upgrades – Nunatsiaq News

30 July 2020

Plans to complete a strategic Arctic port by 2030 top a list of Arctic-related items in the Senate version of the bill — but no money is yet allocated for its construction

The U.S. Senate’s version of the national defense spending bill calls for a strategic Arctic port, upgrades to a regional missile warning system and a new Arctic-focused security studies center.

The Senate passed their version of the National Defense Authorization Act, a $731.6 billion spending bill, on Thursday, July 23.

The bill requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report, by March 1, 2021, on “the estimated cost of constructing, maintaining, and operating a strategic port in the Arctic” at each potential site identified by last year’s NDAA.

Three months later, the defense department will designate “one or more ports” as strategic Arctic ports.

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