NGA Tearline: The Ice Curtain - Protecting the Arctic Motherland

Weapons pad construction for improved readiness is a major GEOINT theme in this report.

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A complex layered coastal defense arrangement on Kotelny Island allows Russia to better defend and to deny aerial, maritime, or land access to NATO or U.S. forces.

It also demonstrates Russian sovereignty and territorial jurisdiction over the Northern Sea Route (NSR) at a time when the Kremlin actively seeks international investment to develop the route.

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