Joint Task Force-Alaska, University of Alaska combine Arctic expertise

Posted on April 10, 2013 



JOINT BASE ELMENDORF–RICHARDSON, AlaskaJoint Task Force-Alaska (JTF-AK) Commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog, and University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble have signed a memorandum of understanding in an effort to develop a robust information sharing relationship between Arctic experts on their staffs. 

The memorandum is designed to facilitate rapid information exchange, leveraging the unparalleled expertise at UA to support operations, planning and ensuring JTF-AK decision making is expertly informed by the university’s holistic understanding of the Arctic.  

In turn, the military will gain increasing awareness of the UA’s Arctic expertise which could potentially be tapped for DOD Arctic projects.  JTF-AK will inform other Department of Defense users of programs and research which would further DOD’s Arctic endstate, a stable and secure region where U.S. national interests are safeguarded and the U.S. homeland is protected, and link resources to UA when appropriate.

“Key to success in the Arctic is through government, academic, industry, and international partners working together cooperatively,” said Commander of Alaskan Command and JTF-AK, Lt. Gen. Stephen Hoog.  “This partnership with the University of Alaska is an exciting step for JTF-Alaska in supporting this objective.”

JTF-AK is U.S. Northern Command’s operational headquarters for the state of Alaska, and as such, is responsible for supporting their role as the Arctic capability advocate for the DOD.  

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