General Joseph W. Ralston previously served as the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as well as Supreme Allied Commander for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Europe. Listen to what he has to say about Alaska’s Arctic OCS and National Security in the two videos below:
Offshore development plays a crucial role in strengthening U.S. national security. In order to support military operations in the U.S. Arctic, especially the Coast Guard, private investment is necessary. The U.S. is staggeringly behind in developing military and rescue procedures in the Arctic, whereas both Russia and China are Arctic-ready, with Russia having established 16 deep-water ports, 13 airfields, and 40 ice-breakers. But with the help of the oil and gas industry, the military efforts in the U.S. Arctic will get a much-needed boost.
Countries like Russia and Norway will continue to press on with their own offshore programs regardless if the U.S. federal government denies leases in the Arctic. In order to stem this threat, the U.S. must take advantage of the estimated 34 billion barrels of oil – about 15 years of U.S. net oil imports at 2015 levels – and 60 billion barrels of oil equivalent of natural gas in the U.S. Arctic. Allowing, the U.S. to thwart unstable energy sources from dictating the world’s energy market.