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The New U.S. Department of Defense Leadership Team on Climate Security

Secretary Esper and General Milley

Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark A. Milley, USA

By John Conger

As the confirmation processes continue for both Mark Esper to become Secretary of Defense and General Mark A. Milley to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it is worth exploring what these officials have said and done about climate security in general, or particular aspects of it, while they’ve been in their current positions running the Army – including most recently during the confirmation process.

First, as Secretary of the Army, Dr. Esper submitted to Congress a top ten list of his most climate-vulnerable bases, focusing mostly on drought and desertification, and committed to “work closely with other leaders throughout the Department of Defense and with Congress to identify corrective actions and implement steps to enhance our readiness and capability in the face of climate related threats.” (more…)

Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

We are happy to announce that our colleague, the inimitable Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby, USMC (Ret), has recently joined the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. (more…)

Brigadier General Bob Barnes Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

We here at the Center for Climate and Security are honored to welcome Brigadier General J. Robert “Bob” Barnes, United States Army (Retired), to our Advisory Board. (more…)

General Dempsey: Net Zero Energy Consumption Saves Soldiers’ Lives

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday on a range of issues regarding the Defense Department’s 2013 budget request, including future planning on operational energy (i.e. the strategic use of energy resources on the battlefield). At around 2:58:11 of the video, he discusses the security benefits of energy efficiency for the military, in terms of lives saved and operational agility, stating: (more…)