The winner is Anchorage.
By site, so is Alaska.
The federal government’s new Center for Arctic Security Studies will be in the state’s largest municipality.
It will be named after the late Sen. Ted Stevens, who supported Arctic ventures as much as and for as long as Congressman Don Young, who ushered the center through the House in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2021.
The center will be the Defense Department’s sixth regional center for security studies. Its focus will be national security, trade and diplomacy.
“Alaska has always been the rightful location for the Stevens center,” Young says. “Today, it is official.”
The congressman pointed out the strategic importance of the Arctic to the United States’ national security.
Opportunity is increasing in the Arctic, he noted, which means that threats to the nation and its well-being are, as well.
That the center will be located in Anchorage has been an effort of the entire Alaska congressional delegation. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan also pursued it for Alaska.
It’s the obvious choice.