Arctic eTalks - January 2022


Arctic eTalks

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 posted on the website, the discussion is not. Please ensure to join the event to take part and listen to the Q&A session. 

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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 (
  • United States Coast Guard (Arctic)
  • William J. Perry Center, National Defense University (NDU)

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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).

2015 - National Strategic Management and Leadership Course.
2010 - Danish Chief of Defense advanced security policy course for government decision makers.
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.

2021- Commander Joint Arctic Command.
2018-2021 Leading Defense, Military, Naval, and Air Attaché to the United States of America.
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 Staff.
1995-1998 2. Squadron, Commanding officer of patrol-, anti-submarine warfare- and missile boats.
1992-1995 2. Squadron, Principal Warfare officer, corvettes.
1987-1990 2/4. Squadron, Navigation and communications officer missile patrol boats and corvettes.

Presentation Slides:
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Presentation Recording (Forthcoming)