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Congressman Don Young Applauds Selection of Anchorage as the Location for the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young applauded the Department of Defense (DoD) selection of Anchorage, Alaska as the location for the new Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. The establishment of the Stevens Center has been a long-time priority for Congressman Young, who successfully included a provision establishing the center in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies will be the DoD’s sixth Regional Center for Security Studies, and will focus on Arctic studies, national security, trade, and diplomacy. A DoD fact sheet with more information can be found here.

"This is a very big day for Alaska, and I know it would make my friend, the late Senator Ted Stevens, very proud. Alaska has always been the rightful location for the Stevens Center; today, it is official," said Congressman Don Young. "Ted was not only a steadfast advocate for Alaska, but he also fully recognized the strategic importance of the Arctic to America's national security. The Arctic is changing. Although the region is becoming rich in opportunity, that also means new and unknown threats are growing as well. Through the Stevens Center, we can make sure Alaska is front-and-center as we work to strengthen national security in the Arctic. The benefits of the Stevens Center extend beyond national security, but also for international diplomacy. Naming the Arctic Center for Security Studies after a consensus builder like Senator Stevens is an incredible testament to his legacy of patriotism and multilateralism. The Alaska Delegation has been united in making the Stevens Center a reality, and I look forward to continuing my work with the DoD until its doors officially open."

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