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Event Description

Building on the success of its inaugural forum in 2019, the 2021 Alaska Defense Forum returns to Fairbanks to continue the important mission of building Alaska’s defense communities. This year’s event will focus on Alaska’s increasing role in the arctic mission, the impact of defense spending on the Alaskan economy, local military quality of life issues, and briefings from experts on the ground.

Focus Areas

Framing the Arctic: DoD’s Growing Arctic Mission


Alaskans as Strong Partners I: Meeting DoD’s Expanding Role in Alaska


The Military & Alaska’s Economy: Past, Present, & Future


The Future Alaska: Job Readiness and Workforce Development


Arctic Infrastructure & Climate Policy


Alaskans as Strong Partners II: Strengthening Partnerships with DoD


Life in the Last Frontier: Quality of Life for Military Families




Registration is now open! Standard registration of $55 includes admission to the event, including breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception. DoD personnel and members of the military may register for no cost. To secure your spot, please use the link below.

If you have already registered for the Alaska Municipal League conference as an attendee, no additional registration fee is required to attend the Alaska Defense Forum.

Hotel Information

The 2021 Alaska Defense Forum will be held at the Westmark Hotel and Conference Center in Fairbanks.

A courtesy room block has been reserved for this event using group code ‘AKMUN073121’.

Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks, AK


Pre-Forum Events

Saturday July 31 & Sunday August 1 – 2021
Monday August 2 – Mission Tours

Mission tours of Eielson Air Force Base and US Army Alaska Fort Wainwright are being offered as part of the 2021 Alaska Defense Forum. Transportation is being provided. Lunch will be on your own at the Yukon Club.

Tuesday August 3 – University & Research Tours

Learn more about the impactful support to DoD by aligning UAF’s research capabilities with current and anticipated national defense and homeland security needs. The tour(s) will include programmatic and lab tours of facilities in the following portfolios (select one):

  •   Aerospace
  •   Climate
  •   Energy & Innovation
  •   Security & Resilience

While You’re There

It will be a busy week in Fairbanks! In addition to the Alaska Defense Forum, the Alaska Municipal league will host its Summer Legislative Conference. For more information, click here.

While you’re there, take advantage of all that Alaska offers in the summer. Visit the Explore Fairbanks website to learn more about activities and attractions.