WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Arctic has already been militarized by both the United States and Russia as an area of mutual strategic interest, US head of Northern Command and Commander of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) Admiral William Gortney said.
"I think we already have militarized the Arctic," Gortney stated at the Atlantic Council on Wednesday.
Responding to a question on Russian military activity in the region, Gortney said the issue of militarizing the Arctic "is a moot point."
It is possible, however, for the Arctic became a "flash point" of conflict, Gortney said.
NORAD is tasked with controlling the aerospace warning systems to defend the North American continent. The warning system includes detection and validation of attacks by aircraft and missiles from space.
Northern Command is charged with overseeing land, air and sea-based security with other national partners on the North American continent.