Meanwhile, Denmark spares no effort in bolstering its military presence in the area to support its demand. The Danish government's focus on the Arctic implies strengthening of the Arctic Command, bolstering satellite surveillance and launching extra ships between Greenland and the Faroe Islands. According to Defense Minister Peter Christensen, the government plans to spend an extra 120 million DKK (roughly $18.5 million) on various initiatives across the Arctic.
Additionally, the Danish government is staking on its Arctic domain Greenland to secure its defense priorities, Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation KNR reported.
"The Arctic is a major priority, now and in the future. The government wants to strengthen its role in the Arctic. Among other things, we want more Greenlandic young people in the military and a stronger emergency response co-operation between Greenland and Denmark," Danish Defense Minister Peter Christensen said during his recent visit to the Arctic island.
According to Danish pundits, Copenhagen's claim to the North Pole should be backed up by a wider presence. At present, Denmark plans to rely on drones to cover hundreds of kilometers of the barren Arctic wasteland, Danish newspaper Politiken reported.
"It's hard to get a proper overview of the land or even detect which ships are sailing in the area. Compared to what you can see from the ground or from a ship, you can see much more from a satellite or a high-flying drone, senior scientist Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen from DTU Space told KNR.
The Kingdom of Denmark constitutes Denmark proper and the two overseas constituent countries, the Faroe Islands (population 50,000) and Greenland (population 55,000), which achieved home rule in 1948 and 1979. The Danish Commonwealth's current claims overlap with separate claims made by Russia, Canada, Norway and Iceland, and it is now up to the CLCS to process the claims — something that could take years.