Russia is conducting an air force exercise involving more than 25 fighter jets and fighter bombers of different types in the Barents Sea area.

Security service agents from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and Nenets conduct a major joint exercise at one of the country’s main Arctic oil installations.

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announces plans to deploy troops along entire length of the Arctic, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is convinced there is no problem requiring NATO presence.

The U.S. Department of Defense has released a “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap”, detailing plans to combat both “immediate” and future national security risks due to climate change.

The nuclear-powered submarine “Yekaterinburg”, which was severely damaged in a fire in December 2011, will be put back in service in the Northern Fleet in December, Zvezdochka shipyard reports.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense wants to enhance ecological monitoring in the Arctic and plans to establish a regional environmental center operated by the Northern Fleet.

Small cracks are discovered in several of the fighter jets that normally are scrambled when Russia’s strategic bombers fly outside the coast of northern Norway.

Russia’s newest strategic nuclear-powered submarine «Vladimir Monomakh» has passed all state tests and will soon be ready to be handed over to the Navy.

Finnish air forces have taken to the skies more often than usual for aerial exercises from Rovaniemi in northern Finland.

The new NATO Secretary General, Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, sees no contradiction between having a strong defense, a strong NATO, a predictable and firm policy, and at the same time aspiring for a more constructive relationship with Russia.

Latest data exchange on nuclear weapons held by Russia and the United States shows the first Post-Soviet increase in numbers of strategic warheads sailing the Barents- and White Sea.

There is currently no military threats against Finland, but changes are possible, head of the country’s Armed Forces, General Jarmo Lindberg says. At the same time, the Finnish Parliament promises an increase in military spending.

The two nuclear submarines have crossed the entire Northern Sea Route onboard the heavy-lift vessel “Transshelf.”

Despite cold political climate, the U.S. and Russia cooperated on a secret September voyage with Highly-enriched uranium from Poland to Murmansk. Norwegian radiation authorities not informed before the vessel sailed into its economical zone.

First large live-fire exercise at 76°N in Post-Soviet times with vessels from Russia’s Northern fleet involved downing of a cruise missile.