Inside Alaska Business
ASRC Federal Communications
The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded ASRC Communications a contract to support its Unified Cyber Situational Awareness (UCSA) Program. The ASRC Communications team will provide a range of professional services and IT support for UCSA, including cyber and cloud. This contract is valued at approximately $217 million with a period of performance through March 2026. The scope of work includes creating a single centralized, cloud-enabled cyber defense environment that will reduce Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) data and capability duplication and manual analysis by DCO analysts while improving correlation of data across networks and analysts’ access to DCO tools. This enterprise platform will be the hub for cybersecurity operations across the Department of Defense Information Network.
KUAC is adding 360TV to its television channel lineup. KUAC TV 9.9 is airing the channel year-round, providing Alaska public affairs, arts, culture, science, and health programming.

Included with 360TV (formerly known as 360 North) is “Gavel Alaska,” which provides unedited live and tape-delayed coverage of state government activities, including the Alaska Legislature when it is in session. KUAC previously aired 360 North and “Gavel Alaska,” but hasn’t offered the programming for the past two years. The 360TV channel is Alaska’s public affairs source and the most widely distributed television channel in the state. It is dedicated to Alaska programming, information about Alaska, and content of interest to Alaskans.

The US Department of Justice filed a brief on May 26 with the US District Court for Alaska defending the Willow project, a significant energy development within the National Petroleum Reserve of Alaska (NPR-A) on Alaska’s North Slope that has been halted by litigation. The Biden administration in January announced it would review the final Record of Decision (ROD) for the Willow Master Development Plan, approved in October of 2020 by the Trump administration, for consistency with the administration’s initial executive orders on addressing climate change. The administration has finished that review, finding the ROD legally sufficient. The filing follows weeks of advocacy and outreach by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Congressman Don Young to members of the Biden administration, including directly with the president.
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is the fourth busiest cargo airport in world. Airports Council International reports, globally, the air cargo industry decreased by 8.9 percent in 2020; however, cargo volumes for the world’s top 10 airports grew by 3 percent. “ANC is a critical link in the global supply chain, and shippers are realizing the time and money saved by utilizing our airport,” says Airport Director Jim Szczesniak.
Alaska Airlines | Airspace Intelligence
Alaska Airlines and Airspace Intelligence have signed a multi-year contract for the use of Flyways AI, an industry-changing platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to assist dispatchers in making flight operations more efficient and sustainable by optimizing routes and improving the predictability and flow of airline traffic. Alaska is the first airline worldwide to adopt the technology. |
Donlin Gold
Donlin Gold has reopened its exploration camp for the 2021 drilling season, with continued implementation of strict COVID-19 safety precautions to protect employees and the people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim region. All employees traveling to and from the project site are required to follow established protocols within the company and their home villages. Following a successful 2020 season with zero COVID-19 cases on-site, employees will again have mandatory testing prior to traveling to camp and/or upon arrival, as well as follow social distancing and other stringent requirements.