He Who Holds Alaska

Mark Hamilton, retired U. S. Army major general and former University of Alaska president, presents this year’s Alaska Day lecture, “‘He Who Holds Alaska: The Role of Alaska in American Strategy.”Arctic council map. Wikimedia.

When Billy Mitchell made his famous statement about holding Alaska as the key to controlling the world, he was talking about the future. For us, the key role of Alaska is the story of the past, the present and the future. Alaska’s strategic place in the world has been one of the cornerstones of U.S. defense posture since at least the late 1940s. This keystone position will continue as technology, geopolitics and world affairs evolve in ways we can’t even yet begin to imagine.

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  • Maj. Gen. Mark Hamilton, retired Army, University of Alaska president emeritus

BROADCAST ON KSKA: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

RECORDED: Thursday, October 27, at the Anchorage Museum

HOST: Cook Inlet Historical Society and the UAA Honors College


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