Project 6633

Canada’s Arctic Problem

Canada’s Arctic Problem

In 2007 Canada’s then prime minister Stephen Harper stated, “Canada's new government understands that the first principle of Arctic sovereignty is: Use it or lose it.” The Conservative government of the time saw Canadian sovereignty of its Arctic north increasingly...

Operationalizing the Arctic

Operationalizing the Arctic

Words mean things. Simple yet obvious, this maxim encourages purposeful and considered word choice, including for the US military. Our words—and the meanings they convey in policy and strategy—shape our actions. When Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in 2017 that...

Why Does Russia Want to Resume Military Dialogue in the Arctic?

Why Does Russia Want to Resume Military Dialogue in the Arctic?

In May 2021, Russia's took over the chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Ahead of the beginning of its two-year tenure, Russia's leadership has emphasized the importance of military-security dialog in the region. It seems Moscow firmly wants to resume military dialogue...

MWI Podcast: Survival at the Top of the World

MWI Podcast: Survival at the Top of the World

This episode of the MWI Podcast is the second in recent weeks to focus on the Arctic region. Recently, the Modern War Institute launched Project 6633—an initiative that focuses on issues related to polar security. One of the project's codirectors, Ryan Burke, recently...

MWI Podcast: Special Operations Forces in the High North

MWI Podcast: Special Operations Forces in the High North

This episode of the Modern War Institute Podcast features a conversation with Col. Brian Rauen and Capt. Barrett Martin. Col. Rauen is the commander of 10th Special Forces Group and Capt. Martin is one of the officers assigned to the group. The episode features a...

Russia, China, and the Facts of Polar Security

Russia, China, and the Facts of Polar Security

US strategic indifference toward the polar regions has led to atrophy and security capability gaps that require urgent attention. As these regions have warmed and continue to open, the twenty-first-century great power competition has ascended to the Arctic and will...

MWI Podcast: Security in the High Latitudes

MWI Podcast: Security in the High Latitudes

In this episode of the MWI Podcast, John Amble is joined by Dr. Liz Buchanan and Dr. Ryan Burke. They are both Modern War Institute fellows, and they are also the directors of a new initiative launched this week that MWI is hosting—Project 6633—that will serve as a...

Strategy and Competition at the Ends of the Earth

Strategy and Competition at the Ends of the Earth

The Arctic and Antarctica are well-known Cold War theaters. While these frozen frontiers hosted strategic competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, they also produced legacies of cooperation that have extended through the twentieth and into the...