Department of Defense


What is your agency’s mission and how does supporting research in the Arctic advance that mission?

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation’s security. DoD’s Arctic Strategy defines DoD’s desired end-state for the Arctic as a secure and stable region where U.S. national interests are safeguarded, the U.S. homeland is defended, and nations work cooperatively to address these challenges. DoD supports research in the Arctic to ensure that DoD meets its objectives to: (1) ensure security, support safety, promote defense cooperation; and (2) prepare to respond to a wide range of challenges and contingencies—operating in conjunction with like-minded nations when possible and independently if necessary—in order to maintain stability in the region. The most recent DoD Regional Center, the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, will work to build strong, sustainable, domestic, and international networks of security leaders, and promote and conduct focused research on Arctic security to advance DoD security priorities in the Arctic region.

Where would one go to find out what research is being funded by your agency in the Arctic?

The Defense Innovation Marketplace is a research resource that provides information and links to Defense research and development strategic materials, solicitations and engagement opportunities, and publications. The Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Innovation portal focuses specifically on active, upcoming, and archived opportunities for small businesses. Both sites also provide links to specific Service or DoD research agency information.

Below are more sites of interest that highlight specific DoD Arctic research programs and/or describe unique DoD laboratories:

Where would one go to read about scientific research results from your agency?

Results from projects funded by DoD are published in peer-reviewed journals across all disciplines. In addition, The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) is the DoD repository for research and engineering information. DTIC's services are available to DoD personnel, federal government personnel, federal contractors, and selected academic institutions. The general public can access unclassified, unlimited information through its public web site, DTIC Online.

In terms of budget, approximately how big is your agency’s investment in Arctic research?

The DoD budget varies annually and investments in research are based on priorities set forth in the National Defense Strategy. The DoD Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Program Budget for FY23 provides more information on DoD’s current research investments. 

What are your agency’s funding priorities over the next two years?

DoD’s funding priorities reflect the priorities set forth in the National Defense Strategy.

How does your agency coordinate and collaborate with other agencies to advance your mission in the Arctic?

DoD works with other agency partners to coordinate and at times co-fund research initiatives in the Arctic. These interactions can originate at different levels from PIs, to federal program managers, to senior management levels at the agencies. IARPC is one of the forums in which most communication takes place to coordinate and collaborate with other agencies.

Activities in Alaska

Does your agency have office(s) in Alaska?

DoD has a significant footprint in Alaska with 12 major military installations and over 30 defense facilities. Links to some of the key DoD equities in Alaska are listed below:

Does those offices support research?

DoD supports research via a number of offices and opportunities identified above. Some of that research is executed by DoD laboratories, academia, or industry located in Alaska.

Where can one go to learn more about your agency’s presence Alaska?

DoD funds research in Alaska and provides funding to institutions within Alaska. This information is available on DTIC Online. Additional is available in the DoD Grants Database and on the database of DoD recent contracts.


IARPC Point of Contact
Dr. Ben Petro
Director, Defense Research Operations
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

DOD Liaison for Native American Affairs
Ms. Alicia Madalena Sylvester
Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs
Manager, Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program
Department of Defense, OASD (Sustainment)/ODASD Environment & Energy Resilience

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