Arctic eTalks is co-hosted by “The Watch” USNORTHCOM Command Magazine and the Center
for Arctic Security and Resilience - University of Alaska Fairbanks and supported
by global partners including United States Northern Command, United States European
Command, United States Indo-Pacific Command
Arctic eTalks is a monthly forum for open discussion (non-attribution) on key issues
affecting the Circumpolar Arctic for academics, defense and security professionals,
and military leaders from Canada, Finland, Iceland, Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland
and Faroe Islands), Norway, Sweden, and the United States
Sessions typically run about 90 minutes, with a 30-minute recorded presentation followed
by a 60-minute moderated discussion. While the presentation recording is normally
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arctic Partners Include:
- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory - United Kingdom
- George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
- Joint Task Force (North) - Canadian Armed Forces
- Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom (UK MOD)
- NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (StratCom)
- Nasiffik – Centre for Foreign & Security Policy (Greenland)
- North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN)
- Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)
- Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
- Norwich University (NU)
- Royal Danish Defence College (fak.dk)
- United States Coast Guard (Arctic)
- William J. Perry Center, National Defense University (NDU)
Arctic eTalks - January 2022 - featuring RADM Martin la cour-andersen
Rear Admiral Martin la Cour-Andersen assumed the position as Commander Joint Arctic
Command (JACO) on June 8th 2021. JACO serves as the military command for the Kingdom
of Denmark covering Greenland and the Faroe Islands. In 1987, Rear Admiral la Cour
graduated as number two at the Royal Danish Naval Academy as a Lieutenant. He later
graduated as number one with the National Staff Course and advanced tactical officers
Course in 1992. In the ten years following his graduation as lieutenant, Rear Admiral
la Cour had a traditional navy career as a surface warfare officer and subsequently
Commanding Officer of various types of ships. He later went on to serve as Military
Assistant for the Danish Vice Chief of Defence Staff and later four years as Special
Advisor to the Danish Prime Minister. Rear Admiral la Cour has served in London, and
in both NATO and the EU on the political side. In 2018 Rear Admiral la Cour moved
to Washington DC where he performed the duties as Defense Attaché to the Unites States
and Canada in Washington DC until taking over as Commander JACO in June 2021. Admiral
la Cour masters three different languages, Danish, English and French, and speaks
Spanish and German. He is married to Christine with three sons, Alexander (29), Christopher
(25) and Adam (20).Education
2015 - National Strategic Management and Leadership Course.
2010 - Danish Chief of Defense advanced security policy course for government decision
2002 - National Management Course.
1998-1999 - Advanced Command and Staff Course, UK.
1997 - Maritime Tactical Course, United Kingdom.
1995 - Advanced Electronic Warfare Course, UK.
1994 - ACE Staff orientation Course, Oberammergau, GE.
1993 - Maritime Tactical Course, UK.
1990-1992 - National Staff Course and advanced tactical officers Course.
1983-1987 - Naval Academy.Career
2021- Commander Joint Arctic Command.
2018-2021 Leading Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché to the United States of
2016-2018 Danish Defense Advisor to NATO and the EU.
2011-2016 Defense Attaché, United Kingdom.
2008-2011 Prime Minister’s Office, Special advisor.
2006-2008 The European Military Staff, Brussels, Head of Department.
2004-2006 The Royal Danish Embassy, Madrid, Spain, Defense Attaché.
2003-2004 The Danish Ministry of Defense, Deputy Head of Department.
2002-2003 The Danish Ministry of Defense, Desk Officer Navy and the Arctic.
1999-2002 Danish Defense Command, Military Assistant for the Vice Chief of Defense
1995-1998 2. Squadron, Commanding officer of patrol-, anti-submarine warfare- and
1992-1995 2. Squadron, Principal Warfare officer, corvettes.
1987-1990 2/4. Squadron, Navigation and communications officer missile patrol boats
Presentation Recording (Forthcoming)