The Ted Stevens Arctic Center for Security Studies should be in Alaska.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan introduced a bill in recent days to create a federal Department of Defense regional center in the Arctic and to name it for the late senator.

The Defense Department has five regional centers, which are located in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Near East-South Asia, and the Northern Hemisphere.

The centers allow for academic forums and international networks for security leaders.

With Alaska’s growing prominence in terms of global geographical politics and strategic affairs, says Sen. Murkowski, the Department of Defense needs a facility in the Arctic to foster research and enhance relationships relevant to the United States’ security.

An Arctic center would ensure that the U.S. military can further study security challenges in the region and pioneer creative solutions to address these issues, Sen. Sullivan adds.

Alaska is strategically the only state for an Arctic center, given that it is the only state within the region.

A center should be built here to address the growing interest and development potential in the Arctic. The United States isn’t alone in ambition for the region. China and Russia are, as well.

As for its name, no Alaskan has been more involved in the nation’s security than Stevens.

“It is only fitting that this center be named after the late Senator Ted Stevens, one of the fiercest advocates for Alaska’s crucial role in national security, and a man who devoted his life to advancing the interests of our state,” Sullivan says.

“No leader invokes bipartisanship, strategic focus, and support for peaceful multilateralism in the Arctic better than Ted Stevens,” Murkowski notes. “It is my hope that through a center for security studies, Ted’s spirit will permeate another generation that will lead America — and the world — into the coming Arctic century.”

The center would be a natural fit for Alaska, and it would be fitting to name it for Stevens.