Arctic security research center opens at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage

8/13/2022 12:35:00 AM

The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies is the only Department of Defense regional center focused on the Arctic.

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The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies — the only Department of Defense regional center focused on the Arctic — officially opened with a ceremony this week in Anchorage .

The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies is the only Department of Defense regional center focused on the Arctic .

minutes agoFILE - This summer 2018 file photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy on a research cruise in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. (Devin Powell/NOAA via AP, File)A new Arctic security research center at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officially opened with a ceremony this week, marking a milestone in the federal government’s growing investment in Arctic strategy.

The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies will facilitate Department of Defenseresearch on the Arctic’s role in geopolitics, diplomacy and climate change. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Randy “Church” Kee is serving as the center’s senior adviser for Arctic security affairs.

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S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy on a research cruise in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. That’s a significant update compared to earlier estimates. (Devin Powell/NOAA via AP, File) A new Arctic security research center at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officially opened with a ceremony this week, marking a milestone in the federal government’s growing investment in Arctic strategy.2 degrees Celsius per decade. The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies will facilitate Department of Defense research on the Arctic’s role in geopolitics, diplomacy and climate change.” But until recently, both scientific papers and news reports have typically reported that temperatures there are rising at about two to three times the global average rate. Retired Air Force Maj. The new study finds that is a significant underestimate of recent warming.

Gen. It finds that the Arctic Circle — the area located above 66. Heating up Over the last four decades, the global average temperature increased by about 0. Randy “Church” Kee is serving as the center’s senior adviser for Arctic security affairs. Thursday’s ceremony brought Alaska’s congressional delegation, state officials and military personnel to the former elementary school at JBER where the center will be housed. In all, the study concludes, the Arctic has warmed at about four times the global average rate over the last 43 years. Named for Alaska’s late U. Comparing the two trends, Arctic temperatures increased on average four times as fast as the global average, with some areas increasing as much as seven times as fast (right).S. “But I think the number — nearly four times that we found now — is simply quite impressive. There have been hints in recent years that the Arctic is heating up even more quickly than computer models predicted.

Sen. Ted Stevens, the center is the sixth Defense Department regional facility of its kind. A separate group of scientists presented research at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union last December with similar findings. Rantanen/Finnish Meteorological Institute M. The other centers focus on Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, the Middle East and “Hemispheric Defense.” The center’s opening is a win for U. The main reason for the update is simple: more data.S. It’s not clear where the problem lies. Changes in the amount of air pollution coming from Europe and natural multi-decade climate variations likely play a role.

Sens. Older studies relying on earlier time periods may not have fully captured the scale of recent warming. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans, who have pressed to bring national attention to Alaska as strategically key to protecting U.S. It spiked sharply in the mid-1980s and then again around 1999. The bright white snow and ice create a reflective shield that bounces incoming radiation from the sun back into space. security interests in the Arctic. Murkowski introduced the Arctic Commitment Act earlier this month to boost the military’s Arctic influence, and Sullivan pushed for $365 million for Alaska and Arctic military-related earmarks in the proposed Senate defense authorization for fiscal year 2023. The latest acceleration over the last two decades helped push the Arctic warming rate up to around four times the global average, the study suggests. That means more open water.

In a speech, Sullivan said the facility cements Alaska as the “center of gravity for America’s Arctic security operations.org Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the type of data used in the study.” “At long last the Arctic, from the Department of Defense perspective, is now a place viewed in the Pentagon as one of critical strategic importance,” he added. It tends to be strongest in the autumn. In recent years, U.S. Studies looking at broader geographic regions may find slightly lower warming rates. officials have become wary of Russia’s military build-up in the region, which includes 50 icebreakers. Rapid Arctic warming affects people living far from the Arctic circle.

China also in 2018, signaling interest in the region. They just used earlier datasets or different geographic boundaries. Since 2020, every branch of the U.S. The exact figure is a mutable thing, shifting with different time periods and geographic areas. military has released an Arctic strategic plan. Alaska Lt. What’s most important is that the Arctic is warming significantly faster than the rest of the planet as a whole, he says, regardless of the exact number any individual study points to. The new research also finds that the advanced computer models that scientists use to understand how the global climate is changing now, and will change in the future, struggle to capture the relative speed of Arctic warming.

Gov. Kevin Meyer called the center’s opening “perfect timing. “That it is warming at an outsized rate, there is no doubt about it.” “The timing is good with all the conflict because the intent, I believe, of this center is to promote and conduct focused research on the Arctic security,” Meyer said in a speech. “The overall goal is to keep the Arctic region peaceful. Various physical processes are helping rapidly raise temperatures at the top of the world.” Murkowski and Sullivan advocated for $10 million in funding for the center in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. “We have more work to do to figure out the source of this model bias,” says Armour.

The Pentagon announced in November that the center would be located in Anchorage rather than in Washington, D. Much of the Arctic Ocean is covered with a layer of sparkling sea ice.C., or Colorado Springs. As it disappears, it exposes more of the ocean surface, allowing heat to escape from the warmer water into the colder atmosphere. Murkowski said in a speech that she also wants to develop a U.S. At the same time, the atmosphere itself is changing in a number of ways as the planet heats up.org.

Arctic ambassador role to deepen foreign relations in the region. “I’m continuing to push to make sure that we don’t forget it on the diplomacy side,” Murkowski said of the Arctic. These changes can, in turn, affect the speed at which Arctic sea ice melts. “We’ve got so much to do.” . “The moral of the story is that Arctic amplification is not a simple thing,” he said.