Operational capability in the Arctic will remain "extremely limited" until the number of atmospheric observations across the region is increased, the commander of the US Naval Meterorology and Oceanography Command has warned.
Speaking at the Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space exposition on 7 May, Rear Admiral John Okon said the current number of atmospheric observations across the Arctic Ocean were comparable to those made of the continental US and in the Atlantic during the First World War.
"We're operating in the blind," he said. "We are 100 years behind in understanding and observing the conditions in which we know we are going to have to defend the homeland and work with our partners.
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