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Last spring, the United States and Russia have announced a strengthening of their Arctic policy. US President Barack Obama introduced his country's new National Strategic for the Arctic Region and affirmed the Arctic as part of the "broad and fundamental interests of the United States." Russia acted the same way with President Vladimir Putin encouraging the development of Russia's naval forces in the Arctic region.
Most recently, this was Canada's turn to "demonstrate a visible (…) presence in this potentially resource-rich region." On August 15, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced that, in line with Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)'s needed capacity "to conduct training exercises and execute operations in the Arctic, it has partnered with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to construct the CAF Arctic Training Centre (CAF ATC) in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
The CAF ATC "will be used year-round as a multipurpose facility that will accommodate specialized training in cold weather survival, as well as other military training and operations," said Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence.
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