RUSI JournalVolume 157Issue 4members only

Testing the Northern Flank: The UK, Norway and Exercise Cold Response

Regional commitments and preparing for the unique challenges of cold-weather operations have provided new impetus in the UK's military arctic engagement

Britain’s participation in the March 2012 Exercise Cold Response was a powerful indication of the country’s strategic interest in the Arctic. Far from being a mere throwback to the Cold War, it signals the UK’s intention to re-affirm its presence and capability in northern Europe as the global geostrategic significance of the Arctic grows. Regardless of whether the coalition government does release an Arctic strategy in 2013, Nordic neighbours, especially Norway, welcome this

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