A bipartisan group of senior retired military officers and national security officials recently signed a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, encouraging him to lead on addressing the security implications of climate change, and to work together with Secretary of Defense James Mattis in that effort.
The letter highlighted the importance of the G7 as an entity for driving practical climate risk management. It stated,
“The G7’s Climate Fragility Working Group’s analysis of instability risks and description of commensurate policy responses, as well as its coordination work to implement these policies within G7 governments, are particularly important given that they directly relate to our national security interests.
“A strong signal in the communiqué that G7 governments are committed to maintaining agreements to address climate security risks would lay the foundation for a structured and deliberate response to the phenomenon, and its attendant impacts on the global security environment.”
The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing on the role of climate change as a “threat multiplier” in the geopolitical landscape and the implications that has for U.S. national security. The briefing will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 334, Cannon House Office Building. Please RSVP to expedite check-in. Live webcast (connection permitting) will be streamed. (more…)
RELEASE: NATO encouraged to address climate risks to its mission in new report
Washington, D.C., May 22 2017 — In a new report, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, applauds NATO’s attention to climate change while offering recommendations for how the Alliance can more thoroughly address climate-related risks to the NATO mission. The report, titled The Alliance in a Changing Climate: Bolstering the NATO Mission Through Climate Preparedness arrives ahead of the North Atlantic Council meeting on May 24th-25th.
The report looks at the impact of climate change on NATO’s operating environment: (more…)
Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, released yesterday the 2017 “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community.” Consistent with threat assessments and memoranda from the National Intelligence Council and CIA during both the GW Bush and Obama Administrations, the assessment raises concerns about the national security implications of a changing climate, air pollution and stressed natural resources. From page 13-14: (more…)
Please join the Center for Climate and Security and its partners for a bipartisan-sponsored event on Capitol Hill this Tuesday, May 16, at 2:00 pm. The event, titled “Energy, Security, and Climate Solutions: Moral, Military and Business Perspectives” will be held at the Senate Hart Building Room 902, Washington, D.C. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will give opening remarks, followed by a panel moderated by Greta Van Susteren. Panelists include:
RELEASE: U.S. Military and National Security Leaders Encourage Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis to Lead Together on Climate Change and Security
Washington, D.C., May 8, 2017 — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, today released two companion letters, one to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the other to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, encouraging them both to lead on addressing the security implications of climate change, and to work together in that effort. The letters were signed by a bipartisan group of senior retired military officers and national security officials with significant experience across Republican and Democratic Administrations (some of whom served directly with Secretary Mattis in the past). The letters come at a critical time, as the current Administration begins to plot its international engagement strategy on this important security challenge. (more…)