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For Immediate Release: February 03, 2020

Alaska Senate Supports Creation of Arctic Security Studies Center

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JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate today unanimously passed a resolution supporting the creation of the first Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies.

Senate Resolution 2 supports passage of S. 2707 – federal legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, with the support of Congressman Don Young – which would establish the center in Alaska and name it in honor of the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.  

“The United States is wise to increase its focus on the North,” said Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole, the resolution’s sponsor. “As Alaska is the only Arctic state, and the only reason the U.S. is a true ‘Arctic Nation,’ it makes sense to place the regional center here in this important national security domain. Both Russia and China have demonstrated a high interest in the Arctic, and that interest is not likely to recede any time soon as access to the Arctic increases.”

The Ted Stevens Arctic Center for Security Studies’ mission will be to strengthen America’s strategic defense by developing national Arctic strategy, conducting research and fostering relationships with other Arctic nations.

SR 2 passed the Senate by a vote of 18-0.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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