The ADTIC was one of many agencies established during the Second World War to investigate, directly or indirectly, the world's non-temperate regions with an eye to their military utility.
The research reports released by the ADTIC reveal a consistent concern with the subject of survival--training downed or stranded pilots and soldiers to fight a natural foe.
The Arctic, one early ADTIC Bulletin noted, was not 'a region of nameless terrors where it takes a miracle to survive', but 'simply a part of the world where you have a tougher struggle with Nature than you do at home ...
The dual climate of the north meant that combat conditions in the summer could be compared to New Guinea or Burma, whereas the Arctic in the winter was almost desert-like--a neat justification for the existence of the ADTIC itself.
Thankfully, one ADTIC publication claimed, the Arctic, compared to its desert and tropical relatives, was 'probably the most healthful' of the three, less likely to inspire 'neurosis and mental breakdown' (1944a, 1).
In studies of the ADTIC and similar agencies, the Arctic body was abstracted and generalized; ideally, with certain modifications and aids, soldiers in the north would be universal creations.