ARCTIC SECURITY

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U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan wants to increase Arctic security infrastructure throughout Alaska. During a short visit to Unalaska last week, he said the island and its port will play a role in that vision. Still, he stopped short of giving any specifics.

As Russia and China work to expand their influence in the Arctic, Sullivan said federal officials in the U.S. are finally starting to recognize the strategic importance of the region — a recognition that may result in a greater military presence in the Aleutian Islands.

City of Unalaska

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is visiting Unalaska Wednesday as part of a trip dedicated to Arctic security.

According to his staff, Alaska's junior senator is touring several communities that house U.S. Coast Guard units to discuss the "commerce and security challenges" facing areas in and near the Arctic.

Sullivan, a Republican, is traveling with Coast Guard Vice Commandant Charles Ray, as well as U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who chairs the Senate commerce committee.

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