Cameron Carlson



203A Bunnell Building
(907) 474-6537

  • Dean, College of Business and Security Management
  • Assistant Director - Center for Arctic Security and Resilience (CASR)


Arctic-related Program foundations

Dr. Carlson is the founding director of the UAF Homeland Security and Emergency Management program, which has both an undergraduate and graduate degree. The practitioner-based program focuses on those who either desire or are currently working within the homeland defense, homeland security and or emergency management enterprise. He is also the founding director of CASR and as such helped create the tie between interdisciplinary academic and research scholarship for the growing diversity of security and resilience related concerns such as human, national, climate and energy security. 

Dr. Carlson is also the founding and now co-principal investigator of the USNORTHCOM/ALCOM Arctic Defense and Security Orientation (ADSO) program started in 2014. ADSO is the primary educational program responsible for baselining DOD knowledge of the Arctic region through an operational focus.



  • Ph.D., 2017, Interdisciplinary Programs—Security and Disaster Management, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • MA, 1995, International Relations, Webster University
  • BS, 1986, Biology, Monmouth University


Arctic Publications

Bouffard, Troy J., Cameron D. Carlson. "Command and Control of Northern Maritime Forces: The Concept and Rationale in Support of a JFMCC-Arctic."  In Homeland Defense Academic Symposium, North American Defense and Security Academic Alliance (NADSAA), NORAD-USNORTHCOM. (Link to article)

Cameron D. Carlson, Bouffard Troy J., Woodward, Dana. “Exploring a Nexus of National and Human Security: Food and Energy Challenges in the U.S. Arctic. In Journal of Human Security, 2020

Bouffard, T., Carlson, C. (2019). “A Surface Presence for the U.S. Navy in the Arctic?"  Canadian Naval Review, Volume 15, No. 2.

Bader, H., Carlson, C., & Bouffard, T. (2014). “Tale of Two Arctics: Impact of Geography Affecting Security and Disaster Response Capabilities between North America and Europe.” Homeland Security Review, 8(2), 1-21.

Publications (Editorial, Commentary, Other)

Burke, Ryan, and Cameron D. Carlson. 2021. "Operationalizing the Arctic." Modern War Institute, Last Modified 13 July.


Arctic Publications in Progress


Arctic Presentations and Related Activities

Director, Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development seminar,  Exercise ARCTIC EDGE, Alaska National Guard, 05 Mar 2020 , University of Alaska Fairbanks

Carlson, C.D., Farrell, J., Thompson-Jones, M., Condit, C., Aghajanian, C., Alexander, S., & Auserswald., (2019, November) Preparing the next generation. Educating and training Arctic-minded leaders in security and science to better secure, defend, server and learn in an increasingly unpredictable Arctic. 2d ALCOM Arctic Symposium, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK.

Carlson, C. D., (2019, June) China’s Evolving Role Within the Arctic. U.S. Northern Command Joint Training Education Annual Workshop (JTEAW). Panel member and presenter as part of NORAD and NORTHCOM Arctic Overview. U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, CO.

Carlson, C. D., (2018, June) Overview of China’s Role in the Arctic. U.S. Northern Command Joint Training Education Annual Workshop (JTEAW). Panel member and presenter as part of NORAD and NORTHCOM Arctic Efforts Overview. U.S. Northern Command,  Colorado Springs, CO.

Carlson, C. D., & Bouffard, T. (2014, October). Arctic security: Beyond homeland defense. Paper presented at the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, USNORTHCOM, and National Homeland Defense Foundation’s 8th Annual Homeland Security and Defense Education Summit, Colorado Springs, CO.

Carlson, C. D. (2016, September). U.S. Army and the Arctic. Paper presented at the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) Senior Leaders Conference, Denali National Park, AK.

Carlson, C. D. (2015, September). Three Arctics: Shared responsibility and many challenges. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Polar Law Symposium: Risk and Security in the Arctic: Local and National Perspectives, Fairbanks/Anchorage, AK.

Carlson, C. D. (2011, June). U.S. Emergency Management and Response Overview to Mongolia National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (as part of Alaska-Mongolia Partnership Program). Awarded the Alaska State Partnership Program Service Ribbon for distinguished service to the partnership program.


Additional Arctic-related credentials

14-16 Aug 2018: Principle investigator, Arctic Maritime Symposium 2018, hosted by Alaskan Command, attended by Commander USNORTHCOM, former USCG Commandant, and numerous other senior coomanders, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska

Apr 18-21 2016: Principle investigator and final report co-author, USNORTHCOM/ALCOM Arctic Collaborative Workshop 2016, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska.

2007, Member, Alaska State Hazard Mitigation Committee and Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection