Thule Air Base Agreement

Thule Air Base Agreement

“Since 2014, the Greenland government`s top priority has been to renegotiate the service contract at Thule Air Force Base, so the new framework contract is certainly a feather in its cap,” Jacobsen says. As a key point of the new agreement, the United States guarantees that future contracts for the maintenance of the vast gravel roads, hangars, canteens and other components of Thule Air Base will be awarded exclusively to companies based in Greenland. The United States promises to seek value, not just the lowest price when awarding the contract, and successful applicants must employ an increasing number of Greenland workers and apprentices; an important factor in Greenland`s small labour market. Thule Air Base is a military base in Greenland, which is owned by the United States. It is the northernmost U.S. military base in the world, just 1,524 km from the North Pole and 1,207 km north of the Arctic Circle. Thule became the Air Force Commando in 1982- Today, Thule is home to the 821st Air Base Group, which handles the support functions of the Air Base in the Defensive Zone. The base is home to the 12th Space Warning Squadron (21st Operations Group, 21st Space Wing), a ballistic missile alert site designed to detect and track ICBMs launched against North America. Information on space alert and surveillance goes to NORAD command centers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Thule is also home to the detachment 1 of the 23rd Space Operations Squadron, part of the global satellite control network of the 50th Space Wing, as well as the operation of many new weapons systems. In addition, the airfield has an asphalt runway of 3,047 meters by 42 meters, with 3,000 U.S. and international flights per year. In 1957, construction of four Nike missile sites began around the base, and it and its radar systems were in service by the end of 1958.

There is only a short period each year in the summer, when the sea ice becomes so thin that the supply ships are sent to the base. Every summer, the United States sends a heavy supply ship to what is called Operation Pacer Goose. [11] Future base service contracts will be with Greenlandic companies. A new agreement lays the groundwork for a closer economic relationship between the United States and Greenland, the Danish autonomous territory. The agreement addresses the issue of the lost service contract for Thule Air Base and outlines areas of economic cooperation and deepening security relations.