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 event conflict with the Soviet Union. The novel marked so much the spirits that NATO decided to reinforce its presence on the Icelandic air base of Keflavik, by deploying there permanently a squadron of F15 fighters.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, the threat to Europe very quickly diminished, damning the air bases deployed to control maritime, submarine and air traffic in the north of the Atlantic, at the limit of the polar circle. But with the reconstruction of the Russian defense tool, we have recently witnessed NATO's return to this strategic theater to guarantee the bridge deemed vital between the American continent and the European members of NATO.
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