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Francesco Femia_2013Francesco Femia
Co-Founder & Director

Francesco Femia is Co-Founder & Director of the Center for Climate and Security, where he leads the Center’s policy development, analysis, research and resource hub programs. He recently served as Program Director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he directed operational and grant programs ranging from international climate policy, to mass atrocity prevention and response.  At the Fund, he founded and facilitated the U.S. Climate Leadership Group, a multi-stakeholder effort involving policy institutes and donors in the national security and development sectors, aimed at offering innovative recommendations for U.S. policy on climate change. Francesco has written for Defense News, the Reuters Foundation, the National Journal, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Climate Progress and e-International Relations, and has been cited by Stars and Stripes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC News, the National Review, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, the New Republic, Slate, the Toronto Star, the Atlantic, and the Daily Caller, among others. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he focused on EU external relations, security and defense policy, including a field study on the impact of EU accession on Cyprus’s stalemated conflict. Francesco also serves on the advisory board of the Nuclear Security Working Group.

Email: ffemia (at) climateandsecurity.org

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Werrell_2013_11_4Caitlin E. Werrell
Co-Founder & Director

Caitlin Werrell is Co-Founder & Director of the Center for Climate and Security, where she leads the Center’s policy development, analysis, research and resource hub programs. She was also a co-founder of the MAP Institute for Water & Climate.  Her primary research interests include climate change, water policy and international security. She has spent over a decade investigating the intersection of security, natural resources, conflict and cooperation. Caitlin has experience in international and domestic climate policy, including as Senior Associate at AD Partners, as Director of International Programs at EDN. Caitlin has written for Defense News, the Reuters Foundation, the National Journal, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Climate Progress and e-International Relations, and has been cited by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, USA Today, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the Christian Science Monitor, Slate, the Toronto Star and the Atlantic, among others. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where she focused on transboundary water issues, concluding with a field study on water conflict and cooperation in Cyprus. Caitlin also holds a BA in Environmental Politics from Mount Holyoke College. Caitlin also serves on the advisory board of the Nuclear Security Working Group.

Email: cwerrell (at) climateandsecurity.org

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Barnes photoBrigadier General J. Robert “Bob” Barnes, United States Army (Retired)
Senior Policy Advisor

Bob Barnes is Senior Policy Advisor and member of the Advisory Board at the Center for Climate and Security, where he provides policy advice on addressing the national and international security implications of climate change. He is a recognized expert on environmental security, interagency and public-private collaboration on climate change and other environmental matters with national security implications.  He retired from the Army in 2001, where his last assignment was as the Assistant Judge Advocate General (Civil Law and Litigations).  Previous assignments included serving as the Assistant Judge Advocate General (Military Law and Operations); Staff Judge Advocate for Forces Command; Legal Advisor to Joint Task Force-Olympics; and Chief, Administrative Law Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General.  From 1989-91 he served as the Deputy Legal and Legislative Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where his duties included addressing operational, environmental, and other legal issues during Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, and other contingency operations.  Following his retirement from the Army, Bob also participated in a two-year MIPT-Kennedy School study on balancing security and civil liberties and served as a consultant to the World Bank on ethics and integrity.

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Oliver_BarrettLieutenant Commander Oliver-Leighton Barrett, United States Navy (Retired)
Senior Research Fellow

Oliver-Leighton Barrett is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he focuses on the impacts of environmental degradation and climate change on the stability and security of states and populations, with an emphasis on Latin America. He is also the founder of Janus Advisory Inc., a company that provides advisory services to federal agencies. Most recently, he led a multi-author effort to draft the Pentagon’s Environmental and Energy Issues for Militaries report – a collaborative multi-national assessment of the impacts of climate change on Latin America and Caribbean militaries’ operations and installations. A retired naval officer, Oliver began his military career as an enlisted U.S. Marine deploying to Somalia in support of humanitarian assistance operations, and later, flew reconnaissance missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He worked as an advisor to U.S. Southern Command for six years managing partner nation public-private cooperation outreach efforts, technology programs as well as environmental and energy security initiatives. Oliver is also a Contributing Writer for Foreign Policy Association, with published articles on fragile states, environmental security and emerging diplomacy and defense issues. He resides in Miami, Florida.

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Hal Bidlack_2014 (2)Lt Colonel Hal Bidlack, Ph.D., United States Air Force (Retired)
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Hal Bidlack is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he focuses on the domestic national security risks of climate change, including implications for U.S. military assets and personnel.  Dr. Bidlack received his commission as an Air Force officer in 1980 and retired from active service in 2006.  He twice served as a Director on the National Security Council at the White House, was Deputy Director of the US Air Force Institute for National Security Studies, and Action Officer for the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks at the Pentagon.  He also served as Deputy Director of Security Programs and Military Advisor for the Office of the Coordinator of US Assistance to the Former Soviet States at the US State Department, Program Chair for the Environmental Policy Panel at the Air Force Institute for National Security Studies, Associate Professor at the United States Air Force Academy [USAFA], where he taught for more than 17 years, and as a Military Policeman.  Dr. Bidlack’s career since retiring from active service includes an appointment by the Governor of Colorado to the Judicial Performance Review Committee, and teaching political science at USAFA as an Adjunct Professor.  He has a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan. His dissertation, titled “Swords as Plowshares: The Military’s Environmental Role,” studied the relationship between military mission requirements and environmental constraints.

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Anthony BurnAnthony Burn
Senior Policy and Research Fellow

Anthony Burn is Senior Research and Policy Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he focuses on satellite technologies, climate change and state stability. He also serves as a consultant for the International Space Station (ISS), working with intergovernmental institutions and commercial companies to develop and deploy improved technologies for gathering data on the effects of climate change and intensive human resource use, tracking its implications for national and regional security. This builds on previous work seeking to improve the development of satellite-based applications for climate change adaptation and capacity development in North Africa. Previously Head of Space at ADS Group, he provided cross-sector support to the Group’s Civil Aerospace, Security and Defense Divisions, ensuring commercial growth for its members, while also exploring adaptation to climate change and its implications for regional security. His work at ADS also included a secondment to the Aerospace Industries of America, where he worked on military and commercial aviation pathfinders for alternative biofuels, on the basis of improving energy security. He is also providing research into the effectiveness of space technologies for monitoring natural and humanitarian disasters – in line with the requirements of the United Nations SPIDER Program.

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Svetlana ValievaSvetlana Valieva
Research Fellow

Svetlana Valieva is a Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where she focuses on Central Asia and the Caucuses. She is an international development professional currently working at the World Bank Development Research Group. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Svetlana also holds a bachelor’s in Political Economy from the University of Washington. Originally from South Ossetia, she is currently residing in Washington, DC. She speaks fluent Ossetian and Russian, in addition to intermediate French.

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Sarah VolkmanSarah Volkman
Research Fellow

Sarah Volkman is a Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where she focuses on the domestic security implications of climate change. She is a sustainability professional with experience consulting on energy and policy-related projects for local and national government agencies. She has served as a Climate Corps Fellow working with the City of Long Branch New Jersey’s Housing Authority and has also acted as a consultant for Montenegro’s Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. Previously Sarah worked as a Communications and Outreach Lead at The Nature Conservancy. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, with a concentration in environmental studies.

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