Guarding Greenland by Mads Nissen

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A member of staff gives a briefing about the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System designed to detect and track intercontinental ballistic missiles launched against North America at a meeting with base commander Joseph L. Prue and the Danish Minister of Defence Nicolai Wammen (both off camera). Thule Air Base was established as an American military base in 1951 and is the US Air Force's northernmost base. During the cold War it employed over 10,000 people, mainly serving as a landing and refuelling strip for American bombers, lying halfway between the US and the Soviet Union's industrial heartland via the North Pole. Today, around 550 people work at the base with another 400 Danish and Greenlandic civilian staff.