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United States Air Force Arctic Strategy: Perspectives and Insights

The Polar Institute and the Arctic Domain Awareness Center are pleased to announce the creation of a new series of programs entitled Arctic Security Dialogues. The Dialogues will address a broad spectrum of security issues to include, but not limited to national security, homeland security, and the many components of civil security.​​​​​​​ United States Department of Air Force Arctic Strategy: Perspectives and Insights is the first program in the Arctic Security Dialogues series.

Date & Time

Oct. 5, 2020
12:00pm – 1:30pm


Virtual Event
This event will be webcast live

United States Air Force Arctic Strategy: Perspectives and Insights

On July 21, 2020 Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett released the U.S. Air Force Arctic Strategy noting the “Arctic is among the most strategically significant regions of the world today.” According to the Air Force, “[t]he strategy outlines the Department’s unique regional role and efforts to optimize Air and Space capabilities throughout the region in support of the National Defense Strategy.”

The Air Force Arctic Strategy outlines four lines of effort to include:

• Vigilance in all domains
• Projecting power through a combat-credible force
• Cooperation with allies and partners
• Preparation for Arctic operations

With significant defense assets located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (Anchorage), Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright (Fairbanks/North Pole), and Fort Greely (Delta Junction) as well as complementary capabilities in Canada and Greenland, then Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein said the Air Force’s Arctic Strategy demonstrates an “unwavering vigilance to protecting the homeland” and “represents a strategic benefit that extends well beyond the region itself.”

We are honored to host a group of distinguished military leaders for a facilitated round table discussion regarding the Air Force Arctic Strategy to include contextual perspectives about the new Arctic, the Arctic in context of Great Power Competition, and the role and importance of the Air Force in Alaska and the Arctic.

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Arctic Domain Awareness Center

The Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) is a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence hosted through the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Kennan Institute

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Canada Institute

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Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

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