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The annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), the “principal forum for bilateral consultations between Australian and the United States,” took place this week in Sydney, and discussion of the security implications of climate change was on the agenda. The consultations included the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defence, the US Secretaries of State and Defense, and other senior officials from the countries’ respective diplomatic and defense establishments. According to the Australian government’s website, “The Consultations provide a major opportunity to discuss and share perspectives and approaches on major global and regional political issues, and to deepen bilateral foreign security and defence cooperation.” In this context, discussion of climate -security is important. (more…)
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) just released a report detailing the actions being made by the U.S. Department of Defense (Dod) to adapt to climate change, and ensure readiness in the face of future climatic changes. As we have often highlighted, the DoD has been very forward-leaning on this issue (across both Republican and Democratic Administrations), as it cannot afford to play politics with military readiness. (more…)
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense met on May 21st, 2014 to receive testimony from several Department of Defense officials on the Department’s Operational Energy programs and the incorporation of climate change into strategic planning. The DoD officials spoke mostly of increasing efficiency, adaptability, and flexibility in operational energy programs. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn’s opening statement detailed the Navy’s plan to purchase domestically produced alternative fuel to minimize the uncertainties connected to the global petroleum supply chain and account for price volatility. (more…)
Washington, D.C. — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, is encouraged by testimonies delivered today to the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee by Edward Thomas Morehouse, Jr., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Operational Energy Plans and Programs, Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations & Environment, and Daniel Y. Chiu, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, and Brig Gen Kenneth Lewis, Director of Trans-Regional Policy and Partnership Strategy, Joint Staff (J5). CCS also supports the testimony from Commander David Slayton, United States Navy (ret) before the U.S. House of Representatives Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sub-Committee of the Transport, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. (more…)
Keith Johnson at Foreign Policy has published an article titled “Clear and Present Danger,” which highlights the recently-released National Climate Assessment (NCA) and U.S. military leadership on climate change.
In the piece, Johnson cites Center for Climate and Security (CCS) Advisory Board members Rear Admiral Dave Titley, USN (ret) and General Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret), as well as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Assistant Secretary of Defense Sharon Burke, and CCS Co-Director Francesco Femia. Keith also references a CCS statement that includes responses from a number of CCS Advisory Board members. (more…)