According to the Military Times, the US National Guard conducted the annual Northern Strike 23 exercise, which is aimed at preparing for military operations in the Arctic.

In turn, Hokanson said that the US Department of Defense expects increased competition in the Arctic region, including from Russia and China.

According to him, the Northern Sea Routes are becoming more navigable, and Russia and China are increasing their presence in the region.

He also stated that the US "should be able to go where" where "this potential fight" could take place.

The general called it very important for Washington to ensure the presence of the American army in the Arctic.

Earlier, Politico magazine columnist Kenneth Rosen expressed the opinion that Russia has been ahead of the United States in the struggle for the Arctic region over the past two decades.