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A DHS Center of Excellence hosted
through the University of Alaska
Aug 4, 2021
Building on the success of its inaugural forum in 2019, the 2021 Alaska Defense Forum returns to Fairbanks to continue the important mission of building Alaska’s defense communities. This year’s event will focus on Alaska’s increasing role in the arctic mission, the impact of defense spending on the Alaskan economy, local military quality of life issues, and briefings from experts on the ground.
Arctic Air has been postponed till Fall 2021.
In order to accommodate planned transition of leadership at U.S. Coast Guard District 17, ADAC is rescheduling Arctic Air 2021 from the Spring to the fall of 2021. This latest of the series of Arctic-focused Incidents of National Significance (Arctic IoNS) workshops and exercises conducted by ADAC in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and other Arctic oriented stakeholders is planned as a 2 move tabletop exercise on daunting, but plausible Arctic crisis events. Exercise tabletop observers and evaluators collect and record participation insights, assessments and conclusions across the exercise in order to conduct post exercise analysis as part of the DHS S&T UP required Arctic IoNS Rapporteur’s report. This post exercise report will summarize exercise activities as well as assess shortfalls and gaps in science, technology and response capabilities associated with the exercise scenario.
Oct 14-17, 2021
The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 60 countries. It is attended by heads of states and governments, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others from the growing international community of partners and participants interested in the future of the Arctic.
Nov 2-4, 2021
The Maritime Risk Symposium is an annual three-day conference in which government and maritime industry leaders, port representatives, researchers, and solution providers convene to examine current and emerging threats to maritime security.
We are dedicated to bringing government agencies, commercial entities, institutions of research, and higher education together to meet and discuss various threats, challenges, and risks to international and domestic maritime sectors.
ADAC's has a hard-working team of Polar enthusiasts. ADAC's team brings together a variety of unique backgrounds and experiences to contribute to the Center's mission. To learn more about our team or to contact them, visit our Team Page.
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ADAC’s education program is designed to foster the next generation of scientists and engineers for the DHS Enterprise, with the objective of developing a skilled workforce oriented to the Arctic domain. Visit our education page to learn more.
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ADAC is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence Network. ADAC was established in 2014 by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs to research and provide a scientific basis to address the challenges faced by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and other DHS maritime missions in the Arctic region.
ADAC's principal customer is the USCG. ADAC investigates capability shortfalls and gaps, and orients research activity to support the USCG mission needs. The particular areas that ADAC seeks to assist the USCG are related to missions in support of Arctic search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and security matters. As a university-hosted research venue, ADAC supports student education. ADAC's research and development not only serves USCG and other DHS maritime missions, but also benefit an array of ADAC partners and collaborators and support the public good.
ADAC's mission is to develop and transition technology solutions, innovative products, and educational programs to improve situational awareness and crisis response capabilities related to emerging maritime challenges in the dynamic Arctic environment. In addition to the Center’s core science and technology research agenda, ADAC has developed and published knowledge products requested by USCG, supported numerous research workshops and symposia to advance the community of Arctic science and technology, along with multiple forums to advance Arctic Security oriented strategy, policy and future plans, vital to support decision makers in an increasingly complex geo-strategic Arctic region. Integral to Center activities, ADAC conducts a productive educational mission, which includes an Arctic regional summer internship resulting in new college graduates skilled in Arctic oriented knowledge to support the Homeland Security Enterprise.
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