Caitlin E. Werrell
Brigadier General J. Robert “Bob” Barnes, USA (Ret.)
Senior Policy Fellow
Brigadier General John Adams
United States Army (Retired)
Brigadier General J. Robert “Bob” Barnes
United States Army (Retired)
Admiral Frank L. “Skip” Bowman
United States Navy (Retired)
Lieutenant General John G. Castellaw
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Brigadier General Gerald Galloway
United States Army (Retired)
Senior Vice President
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Executive Director, CNA Military Advisory Board
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Lieutenant General Arlen D. Jameson
United States Air Force (Retired)
Dr. Marcus D. King
Director of Research, Associate Professor of International Affairs
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Dr. Janne E. Nolan
International Affairs Professor
George Washington University
Dr. Troy Sternberg
British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow
School of Geography, Oxford University
Rear Admiral David W. Titley
United States Navy (Retired)
General Anthony C. Zinni
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Francesco Femia is Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security, where he co-leads the Center’s policy development, research and convening 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 think tanks, advocacy organizations and funders in the national security and development sectors, aimed at offering innovative recommendations for U.S.-international climate policy. Francesco has written for AlertNet, 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, USA Today, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC News, the National Review, 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. He speaks fluent Italian, intermediate Spanish, and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and French.
Email: ffemia (at) climateandsecurity.org
Caitlin Werrell is Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security, where she co-leads the Center’s policy development, research and convening 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. Caitlin has experience in international and domestic climate policy, including as Senior Associate at AD Partners, as Director of International Programs at EDN, and as an Assistant Outreach Director with the Fund for Public Interest Research. Caitlin has written for AlertNet, 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.
Email: cwerrell (at) climateandsecurity.org
Bob Barnes is Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he provides policy advice on addressing the national and international security implications of climate change. He also serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy, focusing on environmental security and 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.
Svetlana Valieva is a Resarch Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security. 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.
Advisory Board Bios
John Adams retired from the US Army in September 2007. As the President of Guardian Six Consulting LLC, he assists clients in successfully analyzing national security issues and addressing US and allied national security requirements. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, focusing on comparative political economy. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor in Political Science at the University of Arizona South, teaching a course in National Security Policy. His final military assignment was as Deputy United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, the highest military authority of NATO. He worked with military representatives of NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations to develop policy recommendations for the political authorities of the Alliance, and helped coordinate the transfer of authority in Afghanistan from U.S. to NATO control.
Born and raised in the Washington, DC, area, General Adams was a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Regular Army commission from North Carolina State University Army ROTC in 1976. As a Foreign Area Officer, Military Intelligence Officer, and Army Aviator, his more than thirty years of service in command and staff assignments includes nearly eighteen years in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, including assignments with US Embassies in Belgium (1994-1997), Rwanda (1996), Croatia (1998-2001), and South Korea (2002-2003). As an Army Aviator, he has more than 700 hours as pilot-in-command in fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft including the UH-1D, OV/RV-1D Mohawk, and RU-21 Guardrail Special Electronic Mission Aircraft.
On September 11, 2001, he was stationed at the Pentagon as Deputy Director for European Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and participated in immediate disaster recovery operations at the crash site as well as coordinated international support for the US diplomatic and military response. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1991), Operation Guardian Assistance in Rwanda (1996), and served extensively on official business throughout the Balkans from 1998-2003. He traveled on temporary duty to both Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004. As a military attaché in Belgium, Rwanda, Croatia, and South Korea, he provided political-military advice to US Ambassadors, US Government authorities in Washington, visiting U.S. Government delegations, and represented the United States with foreign government officials regarding national and regional issues.
Brigadier General (Retired) Adams’ military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Aviator Badge, Parachute Badge, and Ranger Tab. He was also the Distinguished Graduate of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca in May 1977, and the Distinguished Graduate of the Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course at the Army Aviation Center in January 1979. He is a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps’ Knowlton Award and the Director of Central Intelligence’s Exceptional Human Intelligence Collector Award (as a member of the Great Lakes Crisis Team). He is a member of the Foreign Area Officer Association (serving as President of the Association from 2003-2004), Co-director of the American Nuclear Security Group, a member of the Consensus for American Security, a member of the Boards of the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations and the Arizona Advocacy Network, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the Military Officers Association of America, a member of the International Studies Association and the European Union Studies Association, and an Associate Member of the West Point Association of Graduates.
He holds Masters in International Relations (Boston University), English (University of Massachusetts), and Strategic Studies (US Army War College). He taught English at West Point from 1988-90. He is proficient in French, Dutch, German, and Croatian.
John first made acquaintance with Arizona while stationed at Fort Huachuca in 1977. He and his wife, Laura Magan MD, make their home in Tucson. They enjoy sailing, hiking, and cooking. He has two daughters, the oldest of whom graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and is now studying toward a Masters in Public Health at Drexel University, and the youngest who graduated in 2011 from the University of Mary Washington, and now teaches English at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia.
Bob Barnes is Senior Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security, where he provides policy advice on addressing the security implications of climate change. He also serves as a Senior Policy Advisor for The Nature Conservancy, focusing on environmental security and 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.
Frank L. “Skip” Bowman is a retired U.S. Navy 4-star Admiral. He served as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program overseeing the operations of all US Navy submarine and aircraft carrier nuclear reactors, and concurrently as deputy administrator for naval reactors in the Naval Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy. He was also Chief of Naval Personnel, Joint Staff director for Political-Military Affairs, and served aboard 5 nuclear submarines, commanding one of them. Recently, he served as a member of the military advisory board for the 2008 CNA Corporation study on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, and as the Co-Chair of the NRC/NSB study National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces”. Bowman is a graduate of Duke University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
John Castellaw is the president of the Crockett Policy Institute (CPI) a non-partisan policy and research organization chartered in Tennessee.
Castellaw served in the Marines for 36 years holding several operational commands and flying more than two dozen different aircraft. His duties included service with the UN during the Siege of Sarajevo, command of a U.S. joint force in a multi-national security and stability operation in East Timor, and as the chief of staff for the U.S. Central Command during the Iraq War. Other service included assignments ashore and afloat in Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
His last tours on active duty were in the Pentagon where he first oversaw Marine Aviation and then the Marine Corps budget creation and execution.
After the Marine Corps, he returned to Crockett County, Tennessee and to the family farm from where he remains involved in national security issues. He is on the National Security Advisory Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the board of the American Security Project, and is a teaching fellow in the College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee, Martin.
In addition to managing his family farm, he is board member of the Bank of Crockett, works with economic development organizations, and advises corporations on management and strategic planning. Castellaw recently completed his final term as the National Commander of the Marine Corps Aviation Association.
Dr. Gerald E. Galloway, Jr. is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, where his focus is on water resources policy and management. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the US Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland following a 38 year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as Brigadier General, and served eight additional years in the federal government, most of which was associated with water resources management. He served for three years as District Engineer for the USACE in Vicksburg, MS and later, for seven years as a Presidential appointee to the Mississippi River Commission.
Professor Galloway is the former Dean of the faculty and academic programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and former Dean of the academic board, United States Military Academy at West Point where he was also a professor of geography and the first head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. In 1993 and 1994 he was assigned to the White House to lead an interagency study of the causes of the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1993 and to make recommendations concerning the nation’s floodplain management program.
Dr. Galloway was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004 for distinguished leadership in the management of sustainable water resources and education in environmental engineering. He has been a member of nine National Academies committees studying complex water resources and geospatial management issues including U.S. ocean research science and technology priorities, river science activities of the US Geological Survey, FEMA Flood Maps: Accuracy Assessment and Cost-Effective Improvements, and was chair of a National Academies committee studying logistics support for the future US Army. He has also been a member of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board.
He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from Princeton; a Master’s in Public Administration from Penn State (Capitol Campus), a Master’s in Military Art and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College and a Ph.D. in Geography (Water Resources) from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
Sherri Goodman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA, a non-profit research organization that provides analyses and solutions for national security leaders and public sector organizations. Known as an innovative and multidisciplinary leader, Ms. Goodman has been recognized for her leadership in creating the CNA Military Advisory Board and leading its projects on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (2007), Powering America’s Defense: Energy & the Risks to National Security (2009), Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges(2010), and Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce US Oil Dependence (2011).
From 1993 to 2001, Ms. Goodman served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security). As the chief environmental, safety, and occupational health officer for the Department of Defense (DoD), she oversaw an annual budget of over $5 billion. She established the first environmental, safety and health performance metrics for the Department and, as the nation’s largest energy user, led its energy, environmental and natural resource conservation programs. Overseeing the President’s plan for revitalizing base closure communities, she ensured that 80% of base closure property became available for transfer and reuse. Ms. Goodman has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and the EPA’s Climate Change Award.
Ms. Goodman served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee for Committee Chairman Senator Sam Nunn. She has practiced law at the Goodwin Procter, serving as both a litigator and environmental attorney, and has worked at RAND and SAIC.
Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council of the U.S., including its Executive Committee, Blue Star Families, Committee on Conscience of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Marshall Legacy Institute, National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of its Center for Preventive Action.
Ms. Goodman also serves on the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy, the Joint Ocean Commission Leadership Council, and the Responsibility to Protect Working Group co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
In 2010, Ms. Goodman served on the Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel co-chaired by former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry.
Ms. Goodman has testified before numerous committees of the U.S. Congress, and conducted interviews with print, television, radio and online media. She has published widely in various print and on line media and in legal and scholarly journals. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer in International Affairs and Security at the Kennedy School of Government and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Center for Science and International Affairs.
A graduate of Amherst College, Ms. Goodman has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a masters in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ms. Goodman is married to John B. Goodman. They have three children: Natalie, Robert and Matthew.
Lukas Haynes is vice president of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation where he has been responsible since 2006 for a philanthropic strategy to mitigate the risks of global warming, invest in low-income New York City communities, and protect human rights. He is also an adjunct associate professor of global affairs and philanthropy at New York University. He was previously New York director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and program officer for international peace and security. From 2003-04, Mr. Haynes provided foreign and security policy advice to the Obama for U.S. Senate campaign. From 2000-01, he served on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department as speechwriter for Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. Mr. Haynes has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, and West Point, and authored numerous publications as an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the International Crisis Group, the Salzburg Seminar, and the International Peace Academy. He was educated at the College of William & Mary and Oxford University, where he earned a master’s degree in international relations. He is a board member and former chair of the Truman National Security Project Educational Institute and interim chair of Independent Diplomat’s board.
Retired Lt. Gen. Dirk Jameson, the Vice Chairman of the Air Force Academy’s Board of Visitors, retired from the Air Force in 1996 after more than three decades of service. Jameson’s final assignment was a Deputy Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Strategic Command.
Jameson commanded 20th Air Force and was responsible for U.S. ICBM forces. Jameson served as Chief of Staff and Director of Command Control, Strategic Air Command, and commanded the Air Force Strategic Missile Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He was instrumental in facilitating military-to-military exchanges with the commander of Russia’s strategic rocket forces.
After retiring from the Air Force, Jameson served as President of Arrowsmith Technologies Inc., a software development company; Vice President of Alliant Techsystems Inc., an aerospace corporation; President and CEO of Starcraft Boosters Inc., and Executive Director of the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund.
Jameson received his undergraduate degree in business management from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Business Administration in business management from Ohio State University. He also completed the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business Program for Senior Executives. Jameson graduated from the National War College and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School National Security Program for Senior Executives.
Jameson received the Moller Trophy in 1985 as the Strategic Air Command Outstanding Wing Commander. In 2012, he was awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by the Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership.
Affiliations: The Center For Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Consensus For American Security
Marcus D. King is John O Rankin Associate Professor, and Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. King previously served as Director of Research and Associate Research Professor where he led the identification and development of sponsored research opportunities on behalf of the school’s nine policy-focused research institutes.
Dr. King joined the Elliott School from CNA Corporation where he led studies on the international security implications of climate change, climate change adaptation policy, and DoD energy options. At CNA he also contributed to two CNA Military Advisory Board studies: Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroads of National Security Challenges and Ensuring America’s freedom of Movement: a National Security Imperative to Reduce U.S. Oil Independence.
Previously, Dr. King served as a special assistant in Georgetown University’s Office of the President where he managed the University’s globalization initiatives; as the research director of the Sustainable Energy Institute; and as consultant focused on nuclear energy policy, nonproliferation and climate change. During the Clinton Administration, Dr. King held appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he represented the United States in multilateral environmental negotiations including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service; and the Office of the Secretary of Energy where he represented the United States in negotiations with the Russian Federation and directly supported the Deputy Secretary.
King’s teaching and research agenda focus on environmental security. He has lectured on climate change and international security to audiences including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, NATO, European Commission, the Indonesian Diplomatic Corps and a variety of U.S. government agencies and has published several articles and reports.
Mark Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990. From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Director of Safety and Standardization, Pilot Training Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. He is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP). Mark’s operational experience includes numerous deployments (land based and ship borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters in support of Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM.
His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program (MSTP) instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five (CAOC-5) headquarters (Poggio Renautico, Italy) in January 2003. In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation. Mark retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. Mark is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability.
Mark graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1987. He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999. In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies.
Janne E. Nolan is a member of the international affairs faculty at George Washington University and a Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies. She has held numerous senior positions in the private sector, including as Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh; project director and research faculty at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service; Director of Foreign Policy for The Century Foundation of New York, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Senior International Security Consultant at Science Applications International Corporation.
Dr. Nolan’s public service includes positions as a technology trade and arms control specialist in the Department of State, as senior representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as the defense advisor to several presidential campaigns and transition teams. She served as an appointed member to the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (Chair), the National Defense Panel, the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (investigating terror attacks against U.S. embassies in East Africa), the Gates Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the US, and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board.
Author of seven books, Dr. Nolan’s work includes: Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy, Trappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third World, and An Elusive Consensus. She has received major research awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation (5 time recipient), the Ford Foundation, and the Ploughshares Foundation and serves on the board of the American Middle East Institute, the Arms Control Association, and the Monterey Institute’s Non Proliferation Review. Dr. Nolan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Committee on International Security (second appointed term), the Aspen Strategy Group (Distinguished Emeritus), and the Cosmos Club.
Dr. Troy Sternberg is a British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Oxford University. His research focuses on the interaction of natural hazards with societies and the environment in the Gobi Desert, including hazard identification, social exposure and resilience and the evolving climate and hazard impact on human systems. In particular, he explores how drought, dzud (extreme winter) and climate influence human opportunity and security in the Gobi region of northern China and southern Mongolia. His interests center on desert processes – natural hazards, water, drought, climate, degradation, pastoralism, livelihoods, development and expanding dryland knowledge. He has contributed to a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Climatology and the Forced Migration Review. Troy holds a Doctorate in Philosophy (D.Phil) from Oxford University.
Dr. Titley is a nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security. He served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Dr. Titley has spoken across the country and throughout the world on the importance of climate change as it relates to National Security. He was invited to present on behalf of the Department of Defense at both Congressional Hearings and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meetings from 2009 to 2011. He has presented a TEDx talk on climate change and speaks regularly on this topic at Universities across the country.
Dr. Titley holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. From the Naval Postgraduate School, he earned a Master of Science in meteorology and physical oceanography, and a Ph.D. in meteorology. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009 and holds an honorary Doctorate from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
General Zinni joined the Marine Corps’ Platoon Leader Class program in 1961 and was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in 1965 upon graduation from Villanova University. He held numerous command and staff assignments that included platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marine Expeditionary Force command. His staff assignments included service in operations, training, special operations, counter-terrorism, and manpower billets. He has been a tactics and operations instructor at several Marine Corps schools and was selected as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. General Zinni’s joint assignments included command of a joint task force and a unified command. He has also had several joint and combined staff billets at task force and unified command levels.
His military service has taken him to over 70 countries and includes deployments to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, Northern Europe, and Korea. He has also served tours of duty in Okinawa and Germany. His operational experiences included two tours in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded; emergency relief and security operations in the Philippines; Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and northern Iraq; Operation Provide Hope in the former Soviet Union; Operations Restore Hope, Continue Hope, and United Shield in Somalia; Operations Resolute Response and Noble Response in Kenya; Operations Desert Thunder, Desert Fox, Desert Viper, Desert Spring, Southern Watch, and Maritime Intercept Operations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf; and Operation Infinite Reach against terrorist targets in the Central Region. He was involved in the planning and execution of Operation Proven Force and Operation Patriot Defender during the Gulf War and noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia, Zaire, Sierra Leone, and Eritrea.
He has attended numerous military schools and courses including the Army Special Warfare School, the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.
General Zinni has held academic positions that include the Stanley Chair in Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute; the Nimitz Chair at the University of California-Berkeley; the Hofheimer Chair at the Joint Forces Staff College; the Weissberg Chair at Beloit College; the Harriman Professor of Government Chair and membership on the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary; membership on the board of Villanova University’s Center for Responsible Leadership and Governance; and selection as a Carter O. Lowance Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the William and Mary Law School. He has also lectured at numerous colleges and universities in the US and abroad.
General Zinni retired from the military in 2000 after commanding the US Central Command.
Swathi Veeravalli is a social scientist at the Engineer Research and Development Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where she focuses on the relationship between water, environment and security and the role of climate variability in structuring those relationships. Prior to this, Swathi was a water analyst at Global Water Intelligence, and project member of a World Bank longitudinal study coordinating water research on the productive uses of piped water in Kenya, and the impact of water infrastructure on industrial growth. She also has several years’ experience in international development, youth engagement and grass-roots advocacy. Swathi holds a Masters of Science in Water Science, Policy & Management from the University of Oxford. At Oxford, her research focused on peri-urban water development and concluded with fieldwork in Kenya and Botswana. Swathi also holds a BA in International Affairs with concentrations in African Politics and Development from the George Washington University.