The U.S. set up Arctic Regional Center to address security concerns

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on June 9 announced the establishment of a new Department of Defense Regional Center, the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. The center will bring increased cooperation on the unique challenges and security concerns related to the Arctic region.  

Defense Department Regional Centers are international academic venues for bilateral and multilateral research, communication, and training with the goal of building strong, sustainable international networks of security leaders. The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies will develop collaborative insights with allies and partners. 

“The center will support the U.S. Interim National Security Strategic Guidance direction to work with like-minded partners and across the interagency to pool our collective strength and advance shared interests,” Secretary Austin said. “It will address the need for U.S. engagement and international cooperation to strengthen the rules-based order in the region and tackle shared challenges such as climate change.”

The Ted Stevens Center will provide a new venue to collaborate with our allies and partners to advance shared interests for a peaceful and prosperous Arctic. The Department is currently determining the appropriate location for the center.

Image credit: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael B. Zingaro.  USS Connecticut submarine crew members take in their surroundings after surfacing in the Arctic Circle in Alaska, March 7, 2020, during Ice Exercise, a biennial submarine exercise that promotes interoperability between allies and partners to maintain operational readiness and regional stability. 

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