The Alaska Defense Forum (ADF) addresses the key challenges facing military installations, military families and the communities they call home.
Over the course of two days, defense community leaders and ADF members will gather to hear from senior military officials, key members of our government and the nation’s top defense policy and budget experts, and have the opportunity to engage in conversations that will help define the future of our nation’s national security.
Alaska's strategic military importance is undeniable. Its location between Asia and North America, as well as its proximity to Russia, make it a key player in global military strategy.
Additionally, the state is home to several key military installations which play a critical role in our nation’s national defense. Whether it’s defending against potential threats, projecting power abroad, or offering premier training grounds, Alaska’s military significance cannot be ignored.
Note: All installation pin locations are approximate and not to scale.
(North Pole, AK)
(Shemya Island, AK)
8:30am - 9:45am
Meet & Greet Continental Breakfast by Alaska Innovation Alliance and Alaska Version 3
10:00am - 11:30am
Building Readiness: Social Empowerment
Through Military and Community Relations
Moderated by Dr. James Morton
Dr. Stacy Rasmus
Director, Center for Alaska Native Health Research, UAF
Ms. Sarah Riffer
Director, Alaska YMCA
Mr. Owen Guthrie
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, UAF
Mr. Edward Lunney
Higher Ground Education
Ms. Telisha Thomas
Higher Ground Education
Ms. Lisa Slaba
Project Manager, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
Ms. Tammie Perrault
Northwest Regional Liaison, Defense-State Liaison Office, DoD, Military
Community and Family Policy
CSM Ruben Murillo
Command Sergeant Major. U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Ft. Wainwright
11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Posting of Colors by Eielson AFB Honor Guard
National Anthem by Ms. Ezra Magno
Land Acknowledgement by Ms. Tanna Carter
Keynote Address by Mr. Ivan Bolden
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Arctic Security & Defense Horizons: The Role of Alaska in Supporting US Arctic Interests
Maj. Gen. (Ret) Randy "Church" Kee
Senior Advisor, Arctic Security Affairs, Ted Stevens Center for ArcticSecurity Studies
Dr. Mike Sfraga
Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission, Chair and Founding Director,
Polar Institute, Wilson Center.
Former Vice-President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Former US Arctic Research Commission Member
International & Intergovernmental Perspectives
Moderated by Ms. Hannah Smith
BGen. Daniel Rivière
Commander Joint Task Force (North), Canadian Joint Operations Command, Canadian Armed Forces
Mr. Conrad Schubert
Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory, Joint Task Force North Canadian Armed Forces
Participants who register for this opportunity will tour UAF research centers to learn more about the rapidly changing dynamics of the Arctic and the impact those changes are having on climate, security, and the geopolitical landscape.
Seating is limited, sign up today!
Thursday August 31
8:00am - 5:00pm
Mission tours of Eielson Air Force Base and US Army Alaska Fort Wainwright are being offered as part of the 2023 Alaska Defense Forum. Transportation is being provided. Lunch will be on your own at the Yukon Club.
This tour is currently sold out.
Flights, HOTEL +transportation INFORMATION
Traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska? An airfare discount code via Alaska Airlines has been arranged.