Several postwar developments have ensured that the Arctic theater will occupy center stage in any future world conflict. The nuclear submarine, for one thing, has eliminated the Arctic ice cap as a barrier to the strategic mobility of the superpower navies, permitting the side that controls the theater to exploit its central position between the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans.
Petersen, Charles C.
"Soviet Military Objectives in the Arctic Theater,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 40
, Article 2.
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