In 1986, the writer Tom Clancy and his sidekick Larry Bond, to whom we owe the famous naval simulation game Harpoon, published the novel “Red Storm Rising” , in French “Tempête Rouge”. The fascinating story presented in the book addresses, in particular, the key role for NATO that Iceland represented in the potential mastery of the North Atlantic to maintain a logistical flow between the United States and Europe in the case of a conflict with the Soviet Union. The novel had such an impact that NATO decided to strengthen its presence on the Icelandic air base of Keflavik, by permanently deploying a squadron of F15 fighters there.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the threat to Europe very quickly diminished, dooming the air bases deployed to control maritime, submarine and air traffic in the north of the Atlantic, at the edge of the polar circle. But with the reconstruction of Russian defense tools, we have recently witnessed the return of NATO to this strategic theater to guarantee the bridge considered vital between the American continent and the European members of NATO.
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