The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate has opened a new Arctic Domain Awareness Center in Alaska as part of efforts to boost DHS and U.S. Coast Guard capabilities in the region.
DHS said Tuesday ADAC is located at the University of Alaska’s campus in Anchorage and will work to support emergency response with a focus on the challenges in the Arctic environment.
“Some of our nation’s best and brightest minds reside in our university system and we need to tap into those resources of innovation and fresh ideas,” said Robert Griffin, deputy undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.
ADAC will provide scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as support research on maritime domain awareness, maritime situational awareness and response support, maritime technology and integrated education.
It will also collaborate with university, industrial and institutional partners, and community observers on various programs.
DHS S&T held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new center on Oct. 21.