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The Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Office of University Programs, (OUP) Center of Excellence in Maritime Research hosted by the University of Alaska. In accordance and in addition to ADAC’s “Year 7 Work Plan” ADAC conducts a series of events with partners to advance Arctic regional understanding. The following are the current planned activities.

ADAC ‘s Rescheduled (Take II) January Customers and Partners Roundtable

Due to a video and teleconference call system failure that unexpectedly hit just a few minutes prior to the start of the scheduled ADAC Program Year 7 2nd Quarter Customers and Partner’s Roundtable, Center leaders were forced to postpone the meeting.

We sincerely apologize for any and all inconveniences this caused our planned participants.

ADAC respectfully announces it will host a rescheduled Customer and Partner’s Roundtable via webinar on Friday, 29 January 2021, with Center update, Project Reviews and associated Customer and Partner Feedback Discussions from 1:00-4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (9:00 AM-12:00 Noon Alaska Standard Time).

ADAC is planning in conducting this session via Google Meet. Here are the connecting details:

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Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(US) +1 801-997-8396‬‬‬‬‬‬

PIN: 251 320 039


Advancing Collaboration in Canada-U.S. Arctic Regional Security II 25-26 February 2021, via video conference call (telephone call in options as well)

ADAC and NAADSN (The North American and Arctic Defense and Security Network at Trent University, Peterborough Ontario), kindly invite participants to join us in a follow-up meeting from the Advancing Collaboration in Canada-U.S. Arctic Regional Security (ACCUSARS) conference in September 2020.

The purpose of ACCUSARS II is to create a subset Strategic Foresight Assessment (SFA) for the North American Arctic, by specifically focusing on Alaska and Western Canada.

ACCUSARS I provided an initial SFA for the Canadian Arctic, which provided an initial baseline to be further developed. We plan to conduct ACCUSARS II as a virtual meeting and kindly invite Canadian and American participants from ACCUSARS I to rejoin us for the meeting. Note, later in 2021, ADAC and NAADSN plan to conduct “ACCUSARS III” focusing on Eastern Canada and Greenland to complete a comprehensive Analysis to North American Arctic Security.

ADAC will post the conference connections on the first week of February 2021.


Wilson Center Polar Institute-ADAC Arctic Security Dialogues. Winter 2021 session on the strategic security environment on the Arctic Maritime. Date to be announced.

Established in 2020, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Polar Institute and ADAC are conducting the Arctic Security Dialogues. These Dialogues address a broad spectrum of security issues to include, but not limited to national security, homeland security, and the many components of civil security.  In 2021, two sessions focused on the new Department of the Air Force Arctic Strategy and the developing Arctic strategy for the U.S. Army were conducted via expert panelists. Details to follow shortly, but the Wilson Center and ADAC are planning to conduct a Winter 2021 session on the developing security environment on the Arctic Maritime.


Arctic Senior Leader Summit 2021 A Virtual, Invitation-only Engagement. Plenary session with Keynote speakers and expert panels planned for 10 March 2021. A small military decision maker focused tabletop exercise follows on 11 March 2021. ASLS 21 will be conducted via video conference call (telephone call in options as well)

Alaskan Command (ALCOM) conducts Arctic Senior Leader Summits and Arctic Symposiums on behalf of U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) as the command’s Lead for Arctic Affairs. The theme for this year’s Arctic Senior Leader Summit is “Arctic Vistas: Understanding challenges, assessing risk, and improving partnerships.” ASLS21 “Arctic Vistas” is organized and hosted by ADAC in partnership with ALCOM.

The principal activity of Arctic Senior Leader Summit 2021 is an approximately half-day of keynote presentations by national defense and security leaders and a focused set of panels addressing current and emerging challenges, risks, and opportunities affecting Arctic region Security and Defense interests. A small, military-focused decision maker tabletop exercise is planned for 11 March 2021.

Information regarding the conference plan, agenda, and registration coming soon on ADAC's event page:


ADAC’s Arctic Challenges, Innovations, and Commerce Expo (Arctic CICE) conference, 16-17 March 2021 via video conference call (telephone call in options as well)

The Arctic region is increasingly recognized as a domain of economic opportunity. However, a critical gap exists between the innovative and entrepreneurial minds capable of capitalizing upon the region’s opportunities, and the commercial and industry entities needed to transition those opportunities into realities. In response to this gap, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center’s (ADAC) Arctic Challenges, Innovations, and Commerce Expo (Arctic CICE) seeks to explore the networks, resources, and infrastructure needed to enable the commercial entrance of Arctic-related products and technologies into the Arctic domain.

This expo will use an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to foster conversations around Arctic-centered business pressure points, state-of-the-Arctic-focused R&D, gap analysis of investment and innovation, and the future of business in the region. Participants will be exposed to the latest hardware, software, and people-ware emerging to advance domain awareness, risk mitigation, exploration, Arctic operations, and overall, Arctic security. Please consider joining the virtual event on 16-17 March 2021. Information regarding the conference plan, agenda, and registration coming soon on ADAC's event page:


ADAC’s Arctic Maritime Horizons Tabletop Exercise, 4-6 May 4-6 2021, planned as an in-person event, at Anchorage, Alaska.

In partnership with HQ USCG Director of Maritime Transportation Systems and Senior Arctic Policy Advisor, are creating a tabletop exercise planned as an in-event for 4-6 May 2021 in Anchorage Alaska focused organized to address policy, plans and initiatives to support HQ USCG and the Coast Guard Enterprise in addressing the 2019 USCG Arctic Strategic Outlook (ArcSO) task to “Advance and Modernize the Arctic Marine Transportation System.” Due to COVID19, ADAC has been forced to reschedule this exercise 5 times, seeking to make this an in-person event. Since COVID immunizations are now underway, ADAC and USCG are hopeful this fifth scheduling will finally result in being able to proceed with the event.

Arctic Maritime Horizons Exercise will provide an orienting and deliberative plenary forum to prepare participants followed by a 3-move exercise to challenge assumptions, gain insights and organize follow-on items of consideration to guide USCG Arctic and Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook implementation tasks. Information regarding the conference plan, agenda, registration and logistics coming soon on ADAC's event page:


Arctic IoNS 2021: Arctic Air21. Rescheduled Arctic Incidents of National Significance, Spring 2021, University of Alaska Anchorage (specific dates to be announced).

Originally planned for 1-2 April 2020, “Arctic Air 2020” a two-move tabletop Arctic Incidents of National Significance (Arctic IoNS) exercise focused on U.S. Coast Guard District 17 regional responsibilities in search, rescue and recovery was just a few days away from execution when COVID19 response measures started to be enacted.

With the goal of making Arctic IoNS 2021 an in-person activity, ADAC seeks to accomplish “Arctic Air 21”in partnership and in support of U.S. Coast Guard District 17 and District 17 Sector Anchorage in Spring 2021.

Organized around two fictitious, but plausible moves, exercise participants respond to aircraft related crisis responses. ADAC provides Exercise tabletop facilitators and observers to collect and record participation insights, assessments and conclusions across the exercise in order to conduct post exercise analysis in an 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. Information regarding the conference plan, agenda, registration and logistics coming soon on ADAC's event page:


DHS S&T OUP Centers of Excellence Summit, 2021. A virtual Summit, planned for 18-21 May 2021

As in prior summits in 2018 and 2019, ADAC is contributing to the DHS S&T Centers of Excellence Summit 2021, which is planned as a virtual event with innovative panels on homeland security issues, education programs oriented to a homeland security “Grand Challenge” and a virtual technology showcase. More details to be provided in the coming weeks.


ADAC Program Year 7 Annual Meeting, 26-27 May 2021. via video conference call (telephone call in options as well).

Due to an uncertain opening of non-assigned personnel at HQ U.S. Coast Guard, ADAC will conduct the Center’s Program Year 7 Annual meeting, focused on U.S. Coast Guard Project Champions, key stakeholders and the community of Arctic science and technology researchers on 26 and 27 May 2021. Included in the Program Year 7 Annual meeting are planned guest speakers from HQ U.S. Coast Guard, DHS S&T and senior Arctic Research leadership in Washington D.C. Due to the success of ADAC’s Program Year 6 Virtual Annual meeting, ADAC will once again create an “Event Hub” that showcases each program and project review with videos and other materials sequenced to the Annual Meeting agenda. More information to follow via:

Following ADAC’s Annual meeting, the Center will quickly shift into conducting the Arctic Summer Intern Project, a 10 week in-person field and classroom professional development program that plans once again to return to Utqiagvik Alaska at the Barrow Arctic Research Center for the field portion of the program.



For more information, contact ADAC Executive Development Director, Randy “Church” Kee at or (907) 786-0708 (Office) or 907 885-8324 (Cell).