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Great-power competition is growing in the Arctic, but lawmakers want to cut funding for the US’s next icebreaker
A spending bill recently produced by the House of Representatives excludes funding for the US's next heavy polar icebreaker, which Democrats contend puts the US at a serious disadvantage in Arctic amid rising military competition and oil and gas exploration.
The Coast Guard is asking for $15 million to keep its only heavy icebreaker afloat — and for $750 million to finally build a new one
"If we wait another four or five years" to build a new icebreaker, the head of the Coast Guard said, "it's not going to get easier any time in the future."
The Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker has been fighting engine failure and flooding in the frigid Antarctic
The harsh conditions take a heavy toll on the 41-year-old icebreaker.
The head of the Coast Guard says Russia has ‘all the pieces on the chessboard’ in the Arctic — but the US has ‘only got a coup...
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft told Business Insider that Russia's moves in the Arctic look "eerily familiar'
The US military is pushing to expand its icebreaker fleet — and eyeing Russia's moves in the Arctic warily.
China and Russia have their eyes on the Arctic — and Rex Tillerson says the US is ‘late to the game’
Countries are jockeying for advantage in the Arctic, but the US is already behind, Rex Tillerson says, even as the Coast Guard tries to catch up.
The Coast Guard has been saying for years that it needs more icebreakers to keep up with activity in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
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