Murkowski, Sullivan enshrine former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens’ Arctic legacy with opening of Center for Arctic Security Studies

08.12.22

US Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) participated in the inauguration of the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. The center, named after the late Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, will support defense strategy goals and policy priorities through a unique academic forum, while developing strong international networks of defense leaders. security.

“The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies — I’m so proud to say that. Ted has always watched over us here in Alaska. He dedicated his life to building our state and was also the first senator to embrace America’s “Arctic character.” He laid the groundwork, which is why it is so fitting that this center bears his name. Going from vision, to concept, at this time so quickly is a testament to all the people who worked so hard to make it a reality. Starting today, the Stevens Center will focus more of our strategic thinking on the Arctic. This will help us turn ideas into concepts, concepts into action and action into results. And, with partners across the Arctic, he will work together in a spirit of cooperation, just as Ted and Dan have always done. This center will help us fully assume our role and responsibility as an Arctic nation,” said Senator Murkowski. “I am proud to have played a leading role in the creation and funding of this initiative. It was an honor to be with true Arctic supporters at the Center’s grand opening – to let America and the world know that the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies is open to business.

“When I arrived in the Senate in 2015, I was stunned by the lack of seriousness and attention given to the Arctic region by our most senior defense leaders,” he added. said Senator Sullivan. “The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, which I was able to pass as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, shows how far we have come. The Ted Stevens Center further cements Alaska as the center of gravity for U.S. Arctic security operations, policy, and research and will enable our nation to face an era of authoritarian aggression with confidence. and a strong Arctic policy crafted by the world’s best and brightest, including those who know the Arctic best: Alaskans. I want to thank Senator Murkowski for initially conceiving the idea and working to appropriate funds for the center, and Congressman Don Young for carrying it to the finish line in the House .

“This endeavor has been a success of Congress and the executive branch of government. Specifically, this milestone is an accomplishment for the Alaska Congressional delegation and the DoD team, and those of us standing in the center are honored to be part of the team and are thrilled to see up to ‘where we have collectively made progress on this matter in a relatively short time. The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies achieving initial operating capability as defined by the center’s Pentagon-approved plans, objectives, and milestones on July 1, 2022 was an important goal for the center’s initial advancement. Tomorrow’s commencement ceremony is a public recognition by the Stevens Center and our DoD leadership of the importance of the combined team effort that builds Arctic and security research and analysis capabilities climate change, leadership training, and strategic engagement activities to provide a soft power complement to the hard power investments the United States is making in and across the Arctic…in support of our national interests across the region in collaboration with our allies and partners. At the Center, we are truly grateful for the support of the DoD and the support of the U.S. Congress, especially the Alaska Congressional Delegation,” said Randy “Church” Kee, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret), Senior Advisor, Arctic Security Affairs.

“The establishment of the Ted Stevens Center is a clear and tangible example of the importance of the Arctic region to our nation’s fundamental security interests. Although the Center is located in Alaska, it will connect the global community to the Arctic and will play a pivotal role in addressing the full range of security issues unfolding before us.Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan have championed our new center and, in doing so, have ensured that our nation and our state are well positioned to meet future challenges across the region,” said Dr. Michael Sfraga, President and Fellow Emeritus of the Polar Institute and Chairman of the US Arctic Research Commission.

“Ted would be very honored to have his name associated with a vitally important facility and experienced leadership and staff. He was passionate about research and action in the Arctic – ensuring our country is well prepared for any threat. Senator Murkowski and Senator Sullivan did just that by trying to get the Center authorized and funded. We are grateful to the leadership of the Administration for their support of an engagement in the Arctic that benefits our country and the world. Ted has often commented, “Alaska’s strategic location and capabilities prepare us to react quickly to protect our nation. As he described it, “We live along one edge of an incredibly vast region – home to half the world’s population, an emerging superpower and a malevolent nuclear regime”. said Catherine Stevens, widow of the late Senator Stevens and member of the Stevens family. “We also look forward to following how the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies will partner with the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Asia-Pacific Studies and continue the legacy of advancing things, as Ted and Dan did through their strong friendship and referred to each other as “brothers”.

“The Ted Stevens Center will create an enduring DoD presence in Alaska of a high-level strategic center of excellence. The TSC, as it grows, can not only continue education, but can help align interests throughout the polar region. A mission that includes new polar technologies can add unique value to existing efforts in the military mission. Alaska Natives and our vast network of relational and familiar ties across the Arctic, along with our growing collaborative capabilities with the Ted Stevens Center, can help sustain deep collaboration and critical understanding as we continue to strengthen our partnerships, Julie Kitka, president of the Federation of Alaska Natives (AFN).

Background: The Ted Stevens Center, the first DoD Regional Center in the Arctic and the first new DoD Regional Center since 2000, will support defense strategy goals and policy priorities through a unique academic forum, while fostering strong international networks of security leaders. The DoD has five Regional Centers covering Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Near East and South Asia and the Western Hemisphere, making it the sixth DoD Regional Center and the only specifically focused on the Arctic.

Senators Murkowski and Sullivan sponsored this initiative in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021, and the late Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) successfully included the provision in the House version of the NDAA, which was eventually signed into law. Through her role as Appropriator, Senator Murkowski secured $10 million for the Stevens Center through the Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriation Program. The Center’s purpose is to support Defense Strategy goals and policy priorities through a unique academic forum and to foster strong international networks of security leaders to support multilateralism and diplomacy in the region. The Stevens Center will serve as a soft power tool to support and enhance DoD advances in the Arctic, utilizing security cooperation, research and academia, and diplomacy.

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