Meet the Dean



225G Bunnell Building
(907) 474-5480

  • Director - Center for Arctic Security and Resilience (CASR)
  • Instructor - UAF Homeland Security and Emergency Management  Program
  • Research Fellow (non-resident), Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS), University of Manitoba
  • Network Coordinator: North American and Arctic Defense and Security Network (NAADSN)
  • edX Instructor: Arctic Security Fundamentals
  • Arctic Council EPPR project member
  • George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies alumni (adjunct)

Troy Bouffard has been a full-time faculty instructor at UAF in the HSEM program since 2015. He is the designer and instructor for the Arctic Security graduate concentration and graduate certificate in the Masters of Security and Disaster Management program.

Troy was the co-principal investigator and program manager of the USNORTHCOM / ALCOM Arctic Defense and Security Orientation (ADSO) program from 2013-2021.  ADSO was the primary educational program responsible for baselining DOD knowledge of the Arctic region through an operational focus. Troy is also a Russian linguist (advanced beginner - 4th year/C1), published as well as cited in Russian outlets. Other "languages" Troy knows relevant to Arctic security involve experience in diplomacy, operational, and academia/research endeavors - all of which have guided his contributions and continued pursuit of relevance critical to the topic.



  • (In progress - 2nd year student) PhD, Interdisciplinary Program: Russian Federation Arctic Defense and International Strategy
  • MA, 2016, Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • BA, 2014, Political Science, cum laude, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Publications (peer-reviewed)

Whitney Lackenbauer, Troy Bouffard, and Adam Lajeunesse, Russian Information Operations: The Kremlin’s Competitive Narratives and Arctic Influence Objectives, Journal of Peace and War Studies, Peace and War Center, Norwich University, 2022

Major General Brian S. Eifler, USA, Troy J. Bouffard, “Forging the Arctic Warrior: Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center – Alaska”. Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, vol 5(5), Air University Press, 2022

Bennett, Alec P., Troy J. Bouffard, and Uma S. Bhatt. 2022. "Arctic Sea Ice Decline and Geoengineering Solutions: Cascading Security and Ethical Considerations" Challenges 13, no. 1: 22.

Bouffard, Troy J. "Overview of U.S. Arctic Strategies: National and Geopolitical Perspectives." In Input Report for the Arctic Security Roundtable at the Munich Security Conference 2022, edited by Karsten Friis, Mike Sfraga, Ulf Sverdrup and Elana Wilson Rowe. Munich, Germany: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Wilson Center, 2022.

Whitney Lackenbauer, Troy J. Bouffard, “The Arctic and North American Defence: Reflections on 2021, Policy Brief, North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network, Dec 2021

Sergey Sukhankin, Troy Bouffard, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer “Strategy, Competition, and Legitimization:
Development of the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation", Arctic Yearbook, 19 Nov 2021.

Bouffard, Troy J., Ekaterina Uryupova, Klaus Dodds, Vladimir E. Romanovsky, Alec P. Bennett, and Dmitry Streletskiy. "Scientific Cooperation: Supporting Circumpolar Permafrost Monitoring and Data Sharing ". Land 10, no. 6 (03 June 2021).

  • Bouffard T.J., Uryupova E., Dodds K., Romanovsky V.E., Bennett A.P., Streletskiy D. Научное сотрудничество: мониторинг вечной мерзлоты циркумполярной зоны и обмен данными (Scientific Cooperation: Supporting Circumpolar Permafrost Monitoring and Data Sharing). Arktika i Sever [Arctic and North], 2021, no. 45, pp. 184–208. DOI: 10.37482/issn2221-2698.2021.45.184 (republished in Russian)
  • Added to the NSF public repository with cited research awards 2021
  • Featured on the UNFAO site (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization)

Bouffard, Troy J., Lindsay L. Rodman, “U.S. Arctic Security Strategies – Balancing Strategic and Operational Dimensions”, Polar Journal, 28 April 2021

Bouffard, Troy J., and P Whitney Lackenbauer. The Development of the Russian Arctic Council Chairmanship: A Strategic Plan of Preparation and Pursuit. North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (Trent University, Ontario: 30 March 2021).

Bouffard, Troy J., and Edward M. Soto. "U.S. Arctic Deepwater Port: Value-Added Capabilities in Support of National Security." Chap. 12 In On Thin Ice? Perspectives on Arctic Security, edited by Duncan Depledge and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. NAADSN Engage Series, 107-15. Peterborough, Ontario: North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN), March 2021.

Bouffard, Troy J. "A Developing Maritime Operational Environment: Forward Presence and Freedom of Navigation in the Arctic." In Strategic Perspectives. Trent University, Ontario: North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN), 2021.

Bouffard, Troy J. "The University of Alaska Fairbanks Adapts to Covid-19." Journal of Security, Intelligence, and Resilience Education 10 no. 4 (2020).

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 - book to follow)

Bouffard, Troy J., Will Greaves, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, and Nancy Teeple. "North American Arctic Security in a New U.S. Administration." In Strategic Perspective, edited by Shannon Nash. Peterborough, Ontario: North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network, 2020.

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, 16(1).

Bouffard, Troy J., P. Whitney Lackenbauer. “The U.S. Withdrawal from Open Skies – Implications for the Arctic.” North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network. Quick Impact, May 2020

Bouffard, Troy J., Elizabeth Buchanan. “Establishing an Arctic Security Institution: Essentials from NORAD and NATO. In The Strategy Bridge, March 2020

Bouffard, Troy J., Cameron D. Carlson. “A Surface Presence for the U.S. Navy in the Arctic?. In Canadian Naval Review. Fall, 2019, 15, 2.

Boylan, Brandon, Mary Ehrlander and Troy Bouffard. “A Multimethod and Interdisciplinary Approach to Educating Postsecondary Students on Arctic Challenges and Governance.” In Journal of Political Science Education, 15, no. 4.

Bouffard, Troy, Andrea Charron, and Jim Fergusson. "A Tale of ‘Two’ Russias?". Chap. 4 In Breaking the Ice Curtain? Russia, Canada, and Arctic Security in a Changing Circumpolar World, edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Suzanne Lalonde, 61-74. Calgary, AB: Canadian Global Affairs Institute, 2019.

Bouffard, Troy J. “Authoritarian Administration: An Environmental Paradox in the Russian Arctic.” Arctic Yearbook 2018.

Bouffard, Troy J. (2017). “Managing the Barents Sea: Comparing Norwegian & Russian Offshore Oil-Spill Prevention Policies.” Arctic Yearbook, 2017, 280-311.

Bader, Harry, Carlson, Cameron D., & Bouffard, Troy J. (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)

Morton, James R. Jr., Troy J. Bouffard, “Special Operation Forces and the Arctic: Meeting North America’s 21st Century Security Needs”, Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) program, Department of National Defence, Ottawa, Quebec, August 2022.

Whitney Lackenbauer, Troy Bouffard, Ryan Dean, “Effects of Recent Developments on Arctic Regional Governance: Suggestions for Strategic Messaging”, Arctic Academic eTalks Special Session, Executive Summary Report to Department of Defense - USNORTHCOM, 03 March 2022

Bouffard Troy, J., Lajeunesse, Adam. (2021). “NORAD Modernization: Next Steps”, Vanguard, Dec/Jan 2021-2022

Lackenbauer, P. Whitney, Troy J. Bouffard, “La défense dans l’Arctique nord-américain” Observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l'Arctique (OPSA), ed. , Mathieu Landriault (dir.). 2021. Revue annuelle - L'année arctique, 2021. (English version)

John Pennington, Troy J. Bouffard. "Homeland Security should prioritize climate security, Indigenous primacy in its Arctic strategy", Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep 2021

Bouffard, Troy J., and P Whitney Lackenbauer. "The Russian Arctic Council Chairmanship: National Security Considerations in the Shadow of Regional Cooperation." Russian Analytical Digest 10.3929/ethz-b-000494293. (27 June 2021).

Bouffard, Troy J. "What Do Russia’s Ambitions Mean for the Stability of the Arctic Council?" By Josh Malm. Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) Institute. 30 June, 2021.

Troy J. Bouffard, Buchanan, Elizabeth. "With or Without You: Arctic Security Dialogue Is Meaningful Even without Russia, but Here’s How to Involve Moscow in the Future—and Why We Should." Modern War Institute, West Point, NY: United States Military Academy, 04 May 2021.

Troy J. Bouffard, and Cameron D. Carlson. "U.S. View: Emerging Information Environment." The Watch, U.S. Northern Command, 23 February 2021.

Lackenbauer, P. Whitney, Troy J. Bouffard. "Positioning Russia in the Circumpolar Arctic: Narrative, (De)Legitimizing Discourses, and a Framing Environment". Quick Impact, North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN), 17 Jan 2021.

Klaus Dodds, Michael Mann, Elana Wilson Rowe, Katarzyna Zysk, Mathieu Boulegue, Troy Bouffard, "Key Challenges in the Arctic and Antarctic Region", Project 6633 Interview Series, ed. Elizabeth Buchanan, Ryan Burke. Modern War Institute, 08 Jan 2021

Bouffard, Troy J., “How a Biden Administration Can Strengthen U.S. Arctic Security.” Arctic Today, edited by Krestia DeGeorge, 18 December 2020

Whitney Lackenbauer, Troy Bouffard, and Nancy Teeple, “L’Arctique et La Défense Nord-Américaine”, L’année Arctique 2020, Observatoire de la Politique et la Sécurité de L’arctique (OPSA), December 2020

  • English version: “The Arctic and North American Defence” Policy Brief, NAADSN
  • Republished in Vanguard, Apr/May 2021

Troy J. Bouffard, Carlson, Cameron D., “The Emerging Arctic Information Environment: Malign Potential of Russia and China”. In The Watch, USNORTHCOM, Feb 2021 (in print)

Bouffard, Troy J. "The Potential for Arctic Collective Security: Fundamental Challenges." In Quick Impact, edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Nancy Teeple. Peterborough, Ontario: North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN), 2020.
  • Republished in Vanguard, Apr/May 2021

Alec Bennett, Troy J. Bouffard, Uma Bhatt. “Sea Ice Decline and Arctic Geoengineering Solutions: Cascading Security and Ethical Considerations.” CERL/APPC Conference: Circling the Arctic: Security and the Rule of Law in a Changing North, October 1-3, 2020

Troy J. Bouffard, Elizabeth Buchanan, Michael Young,  "Arctic Security and Dialogue: Assurance through Defense Diplomacy." Modern Diplomacy 2020

Bouffard, Troy J., and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. The United States and Arctic Security. North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (Reading List: 26 May 2020).

Bouffard, Troy J., and Andrea Charron. “Comparing the U.S. and Canadian Military Arctic Strategy” In Vanguard, edited by Marcello Sukhdeo, Aurora, Ontario.

Bouffard, Troy J., and Andrea Charron. “A Tale of Two Russias” In Vanguard, edited by Marcello Sukhdeo, Aurora, Ontario.

Fert-Malka, Morgane, and Troy Bouffard. “The Unique Legal Status of an Arctic Archipelago.” In Arctic in Context, edited by Erica Dingman and Laurel Jarombek. New York, NY: World Policy Institute, 2017.


Publications in Progress



Editorial and Reviews

  • Guest editor for the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs (JIPA), USINDOPACOM Combatant Command publication, Volume 5, Issue 5 – Arctic Security, Sep-Oct 2022
  • Content manager and editor, case study design: "Arctic Narratives and Political Values: Arctic States, China and NATO," NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence, Riga, Latvia.
  • Peer-reviewer: Arctic Narratives and Political Values: Canada, China, and Russia in the Arctic, August 2018
    • NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia. July 2018
  • Peer-reviewer: Executive summaries (separate) published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia. July 2018, including:


Select Citations, Interviews, Miscellanous

  • Josh Breslow, “U.S. Fighter Jet Shot Down ‘Unidentified Object’ Over Northern Canada” Fox News, live solo interview, rebroadcast in several major cities, 11 Feb 2023
  • Melody Schreiber, U.S. Jet Shoots Down Unidentified Object Over Alaska’s Arctic Waters, Arctic Today, 10 February 2023
  • Middle East Broadcasting Networks, U.S. Agency for Global Media, AlHurra Tonight - Alaska Series, 30 January 2023
  • Josh Malm, “Russia in the Arctic: Is Western Analysis Too Biased?” Interview with Canadian Defence Analysis Institute, October 2022.
  • Sherryn Groch. “The Arctic Ice between Russia and the US is Melting: What’s at Stake at the Top of the World?”, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Oct 2022
  • Melody Schreiber, “New U.S. Arctic Strategy Focuses on Geopolitical Rivalries and Climate Change”, Arctic Today, 07 Oct 2022
  • Melody Schreiber, “A U.S. Coast Guard Ship Unexpectedly Encountered Chinese and Russian Warships off Alaska”, Arctic Today, 26 Sep 2022
  • Malte Humpert, “From Ukraine to the Arctic: Russia’s Capabilities in the Region and the War’s Impact on the North”, High North News, 22 Sep 2022
  • Nicolás Garcia, “Occidente pone sus ojos en el Ártico, en respuesta a avance de Rusia y China, El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, 12 September 2022
  • Arnaud Leparmentier, “L’Alaska, avant-poste des Etats-Unis face à la Russie”, Le Monde, 09 September 2022
  • Ellis Quinn, “U.S. to Name Ambassador-at-Large for Arctic Region”, Radio Canada International, Eye on the Arctic, 29 August 2022
  • Justin Katz, “Russia’s Naval Doctrine May Call for Challenging the West, but Does it Have the Shipyards?”, Breaking Defense, 19 August 2022
  • Tim Ellis. KUAC Morning News, 16 Aug 2022 (@ ~4:40min)
  • Temer, Cenk. Interview with the Ankara Center for Crisis and Policy Studies (ANKASAM), 09 August 2022
    (in Russian, in Turkish)
  • Kirill Krasilnikov, "Scientific Collaboration Between Russia, West Should Continue for Environment's Sake", Sputnik, 16 July 2022
  • Alexandra Witze, "Russia's War in Ukraine Forces Arctic Climate Projects to Pivot", Nature, 11 July 2022.
  • Steven Chase, “NORAD upgrade Ignites Debate Over Missile Defence”, The Globe and Mail, 21 June 2022.
  • Melody Schreiber, "Arctic Council nations to resume limited cooperation - without Russia", Arctic Today, 08 June 2022
  • Live TV interview with Asharq news, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 May 2022
  • Hilde-Gunn Bye, "US Army Alaska is Making a Huge Transformation to be the Army's Arctic Force, High North News, 16 May 2022
  • Live radio interview, KCBS 106.9 FM, San Francisco, Radio Weekend News, 27 March 2022, 12:20pm
  • Mike Baker, “With Eyes on Russia, the U.S. Military Prepares for an Arctic Future”, New York Times,
    27 March 2022
  • Bernd Debusmann Jr, “Is North America’s Arctic Vulnerable to Russia?” BBC, 24 Mar 2022
  • Chelsea Harvey, "Russia's War in Ukraine Sends Tremors into the Arctic", E&E News, 14 Mar 2022
  • Melody Schreiber, “Arctic Council Nations are ‘Pausing’ Work After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine”, Arctic Today, 03 March 2022
  • Live TV interview with Asharq News, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 Feb 2022
  • Melody Schreiber, "A Russian Incursion into will Likely Affect the Arctic - but Exactly How is Unclear", Arctic Today, 25 January 2022
  • Janet E. Silver, “Experts Say Canada Must Defend Itself from the Arctic Ambitions of China and Russian”, iPolitics, 03 January 2022
  • Melody Schreiber, “What the New Defense Spending Bill Could Mean for the Arctic”, Arctic Today, 20 Dec 2021
  • Lori Townsend, "As more nations eye the Arctic as a strategic resource, what is the U.S. military’s plan?" Alaska Insight, Alaska Public Media, 12 November 2021.
  • John Grady, “Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert”, USNI News, 05 Nov 2021
  • Ric Cengeri, “Indigenous Perspectives, ‘Midnight in Chernobyl’, 2021 Symposium, Russia” Vermont Viewpoint, WDEV, 04 Nov 2021
  • Panel moderator – televised live on C-SPAN, Norwich University 'Military Writers' Symposium' 04 Nov 2021
  • Melody Schreiber, “A U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Unexpectedly Encountered Chinese Warships Near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands”, Arctic Today, 16 September 2021
  • Tim Ellis, “Alaska-based Military Assets Not Participating in Afghanistan Evacuation, Pentagon Says”, KUAC, Fairbanks, Alaska, 26 August 2021
  • Jon Frerichs, Center for international Maritime Security (CIMSEC), Podcast Series Sea Control, episode 244 – “Establishing an Arctic Security Institution with Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan and Troy Bouffard”
    24 April 2021
  • Emily Hofstaedter, Icebreaker USCG Healy to Navigate Northwest Passage this Summer, KNOM Radio Mission, 25 March 2021
  • Jill Burke, China Foreign Ministers Meeting, KTTU Channel 2 News, Anchorage, Alaska. 18 Mar 2021
  • Levon Sevunts, “U.S. Army Unveils Arctic Strategy as Relations with Russia Plunge into Deep Freeze.” Eye on the Arctic, Radio Canada International. 17 March 2021
  • Levon Sevunts, “Arctic High on the Agenda of Blinken’s Phone Call with Danish FM.” Eye on the Arctic, Radio Canada International. 15 March 2021
  • Melody Schreiber, “U.S. Coast Guard Announces Plans to Transit the Northwest Passage this Summer.” Arctic Today. 12 March 2021
  • Levon Sevunts, “U.S. Coast Guard to Send Icebreaker through the Northwest Passage with Canada’s Consent.” Eye on the Arctic, Radio Canada International. 12 March 2021
  • Christian Perez, “Arctic Competition. Part Two: Military Buildup and Great Power Competition”, Foreign Policy, Insider. 14 December 2020.
  • Heather Richards, “Exxon Valdez 2.0? Trump Oil Plan Sparks Fears”, E&E News, Environment and Energy Publishing, LLC. 08 December 2020.
  • Karen L. Jones, and Lina M. Cashin. "Space-Enabled Persistence and Transparency in the Arctic to Support Infrastructure and National Security Needs." In Space Agenda 2021. El Segundo, CA: Center for Space Policy and Strategy, 2020
  • Seth Gnesin. "On Thin Ice", Mad Scientist Laboratory, U.S. Army TRADOC, 24 August 2020
  • "Appointment of U.S. Arctic Coordinator Signals More Muscular American Policy." Radio Canada International, Updated 30 July, 2020