One of these areas is the Arctic. Since last year, the Ministry of Defense has been working on the creation of military facilities in the Arctic zone. Restoration of several Arctic airfields, including the strategically important for Russia (in particular, to ensure the safety of the Northern Sea Route) airfield "Temp", located on Kotelny Island of the Novosibirsk Archipelago, was carried out. In the coming year, the military department of the Russian Federation plans to intensify work on the restoration and modernization of a number of military facilities in the Arctic. In the medium term, carry out reconstruction and modernization work in Tiksi (Yakutia), Naryan-Mar (Nenets Autonomous District), Anadyr (Chukotka), Nagurskaya (Russia's northernmost frontier post and the northernmost airfield on Franz Josef Land) and other Arctic territories. The main areas of work are the creation of an air transport infrastructure - WFP, capable of receiving all types of aircraft, creating a full-fledged military infrastructure with the involvement of contract servicemen who have undergone special training.
It is noteworthy that after the manifestation of Russian activity in the Arctic region, Western "partners" raised alarm. In particular, Admiral Jonathan Grinert, the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Navy, scored an alarming rail. Greenert delivered a special report in which he called on the top of the Pentagon to attend to Russia's actions in the Arctic. According to the commander-in-chief of the United States Navy, Washington urgently needs to take down the transfer of destroyers and additional submarines to the Arctic region, otherwise the United States will significantly lag behind Russia in the Arctic, and "the balance will not be in favor of democratic forces."
The situation for the western public was also stirred up by British journalists. In particular, the world-renowned edition “The Times” opaquely hints that the United States will soon have to seriously fork out for a military presence in the Arctic. According to observers, if the melting of the ice in this region continues, new routes for the delivery of various goods will appear and, as a result, the threat of confrontation (up to the military) between the interested states will increase. The Times, for its part, also pushes the Pentagon to invest in the Arctic infrastructure right now, “before it's too late.”
In this regard, it will be very interesting to what extent the Pentagon is ready to listen to admiral's and journalistic advice. If we consider that one of the tasks of the American military department is to “attract” budget funds to yourself, and even taking into account the fact that especially impressionable citizens who fear the “Russian Arctic threat” are not only in the Pentagon, but also in the US Congress, then we can expect activity in the Arctic and from the American side. Arms race? Well, if Washington is full of "bite", then it is the most ... And in this case, it is important not to smack the fever for the Russian defense department, while continuing to carry out the planned plans methodically.
It should be noted that the American "partners" express extreme concern about the activation of the Russian military in the Mediterranean Sea too. On January 15, the Russian Ministry of Defense provided information on the entry of the naval carrier group of the Russian Navy into the Mediterranean Sea through the Strait of Gibraltar. The carrier group consists of two tactical segments. The first segment is represented by the Admiral Kuznetsov air-carrying cruiser and the large Admiral Levchenko anti-submarine ship, the second segment is the Olenegorsk Miner BDK along with several long-range vessels. During the campaign, the actions of both the sailors themselves and the deck pilots are practiced aviation. The campaign has been going on for more than three weeks, during which more than 3,5 thousand nautical miles (almost 6,5 thousand kilometers) have been covered.
If this campaign worries the American side so much, then these are problems of the American side only ...
Returning to the last conference call, held by Sergei Shoigu, it should be noted that the minister made a special emphasis on the creation of the above-mentioned National Center for State Defense Management (NCUOG). In fact, the Center will become a super-departmental structure that will deal not only with the management of directly military formations, but also with work with, say, the accompanying departments. The plans for the near future are to integrate management systems and monitoring activities of such departments as Rosatom, Roshydromet, Rosvodresursy together with the General Staff. Initially, a separate ministry, the Emergencies Ministry, was planned to be brought under the NTUGS wing, for which Sergei Shoigu was often criticized, accusing him of trying to extend his powers to other government spheres. Today, the situation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations as a structure of the NCUOG is not fully clarified.
Structurally, the National Center for Defense Management of the state will consist of three units: the highest command, which will be represented at the level of contacts of federal authorities with the military department, combat command (command of individual military operations) and the center of daily activities (coordination of the activities of various law enforcement agencies in peacetime).
The mentioned third link makes it possible for the NTSUOG to work effectively to solve the long-standing problem: to coordinate the actions of the security forces to increase the overall security in the country, that is, to identify areas of interaction between the units of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the FSB, etc. Such interaction should develop now - how For example, the words of Sergei Shoigu about providing security at the Sochi-2014 Olympiad. Coordination of actions of all power structures without exception will contribute to effectively countering the terrorist threat both in terms of the preparation and holding of the Games, and after their completion. The main thing is that the work of the NCUOG is really a job, and not a developed system of additions, mutual hanging of orders and medals or, on the contrary, a sharp undercover struggle under the slogan "who is more important here?"
So, the priorities are set, the main plans of the Minister sounded. It remains to move to a new phase of implementation. If this is not lame, then the positive results will be visible is not far off.