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Welcome to the

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Arctic Domain
Awareness Center

A DHS Center of Excellence hosted
through the University of Alaska


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Who is ADAC?

ADAC is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence Network. ADAC was established in 2014 by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs to research and provide a scientific basis to address the challenges faced by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and other DHS maritime missions in the Arctic region.

ADAC's principal customer is the USCG. ADAC investigates capability shortfalls and gaps, and orients research activity to support the USCG mission needs. The particular areas that ADAC seeks to assist the USCG are related to missions in support of Arctic search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and security matters.

As a university-hosted research venue, ADAC supports student education. Through the Center's Fellows Program, ADAC provisions student research, internships, and entry into the Homeland Security Enterprise.

ADAC's research and development not only serves USCG and other DHS maritime missions, but also benefit an array of ADAC partners and collaborators and support the public good.

ADAC's Mission is to develop and transition technology solutions, innovative products, and educational programs to improve situational awareness and crisis response capabilities related to emerging maritime challenges in the dynamic Arctic environment.

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