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The Center for Climate and Security is pleased and honored to announce that Lyston Lea has joined its distinguished Advisory Board of military and national security leaders. This group supports CCS leadership by providing substantive and strategic guidance.
Mr. Lea recently retired from Defense Intelligence Senior Level Federal service in March 2022, after over 38 years of professional experience working in the Intelligence Community (IC). Before retiring he served as the Principal Advisor to the Director of the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO). During his career, Mr. Lea served in the Analytic Integrity and Standards Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Defense Intelligence Agency, as a Senior Briefer for the J2’s daily Intelligence Briefing to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Deputy Office Chief of the Defense Warning Office. Mr. Lea holds a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington & Jefferson College.
Read Mr. Lea’s full bio here.
Dan Chiu, Ellen Laipson, Maureen Sullivan, and Amali Tower Join the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board
The Center for Climate and Security is pleased and honored to announce that Dr. Daniel Y. Chiu, Ellen Laipson, Maureen Sullivan and Amali Tower have joined its distinguished Advisory Board of military and national security leaders. This group supports CCS leadership by providing substantive and strategic guidance as needed.
Dr. Daniel Y. Chiu is the Director of the Joint Advanced Warfighting Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. He leads a diverse team of military, technical, and analytic experts to support the US Department of Defense in concept and capability development through Joint Experimentation and Defense Innovation. Working primarily with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff, his team focuses on analytic wargaming, dynamic red-teaming, and broad-spectrum horizon scanning as well as technical and historic lessons-learned. Read Dr. Chiu’s full bio here.
Ellen Laipson is the Director of the International Security program and directs the Center for Security Policy Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She joined GMU in 2017 after a distinguished 25 year career in government and as President and CEO of the Stimson Center (2002-2015). Her last post in government was Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also served on the State Department’s policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff, and worked at the Congressional Research Service for more than a decade. Read Ms. Laipson’s full bio here.
Maureen Sullivan is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment). For 29 years, Ms. Sullivan served in various leadership positions as a member of the Office of the Secretary of Defense environmental staff. During her service, she was responsible for DoD’s policies and programs related to compliance with environmental laws; management of natural and cultural resources; cleanup of contaminated sites; fire and emergency services; green/sustainable buildings; installation emergency management; international environmental policy; and planning to address emerging chemicals of concern. Ms. Sullivan retired in 2020 after over 40 years of service in the Department of Defense. Read Ms. Sullivan’s full bio here.
Amali Tower is the founder and executive director of Climate Refugees. She has extensive global experience in refugee protection, refugee resettlement, and in forced migration and displacement contexts, having worked for numerous NGOs, the UN Refugee Agency, and the US Refugee Admissions Program. She has conducted country and regional visits of case studies and research in climate-induced displacement contexts, including in urban and camp settings. Read Ms. Tower’s full bio here.
The Center for Climate and Security is pleased and honored to announce that Robert S. Taylor has joined its distinguished Advisory Board of military and national security leaders. Bob is currently the General Counsel of MCE Social Capital, an entity dedicated to providing financing and support to microfinance and other organizations in roughly 40 countries throughout the developing world. In this position, Bob is addressing the challenge of lifting people and regions out of poverty in a sustainable fashion. In addition, Bob is a veteran of the Department of Defense (DoD), where he served as Principal Deputy General Counsel (PDGC) of DoD from 2009 to 2017. He spent nearly two of those years as Acting General Counsel. He also served as the first Deputy General Counsel (Environment and Installations) in DoD, from 1995 to 2002. (more…)
The Center for Climate and Security is pleased and honored to announce that Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, United States Army (Retired), has joined its distinguished Advisory Board of military, national security and foreign policy leaders.
LtGen Lanza recently retired from the Army, where his last assignment was as U.S. Army Commanding General and Senior Mission Commander for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Tacoma, Washington. As the Senior Army Commander of JBLM, he led the nation’s most important joint power projection platform in the West Coast, providing superior leadership to 14 major subordinate commands and seven directorates and orchestrating their efforts to train, equip, and care for over 155,000 service members and civilians across the U.S. Armed Forces. (more…)