The Secretary of the United States Army plans to overhaul the Alaskan Armed Forces.

The U.S. military will adjust its forces in Alaska to better prepare for cold weather warfare. According to leaders, there are plans to replace the state’s Stryker Brigade with a more mobile infantry formation.

According to Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, “the focus of Army soldiers in Alaska right now is rather to develop an extremely cold weather capability unit” that could be employed in Europe or Indo -Peaceful. “Our goal is to have forces capable of the Arctic – forces capable of surviving and operating in this climate.

She said she intended to make a final decision on troop transition shortly, which would most likely include transforming the Stryker unit into an infantry brigade. The 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team would be transformed into a Light Infantry Brigade.

The division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and unit would merge to become the 11th Airborne Division, which would be located in Alaska. Wormuth said the Stryker vehicles would be replaced with terrain-appropriate vehicles.

“I think it makes perfect sense for soldiers to be trained in the Arctic regions where they will be used,” she says. “If we want to have soldiers on the ground in Alaska, they have to be able to do it.” The changes were being considered ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to approve any final decision.

“If you’re going to be doing big equipment moves and things like that, summer is a pretty big window because it’s a lot easier to move vehicles than to do it in the dead of winter,” Wormuth explained, explaining that the army would make up for Stryker’s losses by increasing headquarters size and capabilities.

Wormuth says the United States has historically rejected moves to militarize the Arctic, even as Russia has increased its military presence there. Wormuth wondered if this approach would soon be revisited. In April, the Secretary observed an Army brigade fighting fictional “Denovian” soldiers from California’s arid Mojave Desert.

“I think right now the whole army is really looking at what is happening in Ukraine and trying to learn from it,” he added afterwards. “As we see what is happening to the Russians right now, it is enlightening for us to think about what is right, from a modernization perspective,” she added, noting that some American tanks are quite heavier and that Europe is muddier.

The Army’s fiscal year 2023 budget request calls for fewer troops, in line with a Stryker Brigade conversion plan, despite a $2.8 billion increase over authorized funds for fiscal year 2022.