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Event Summary: Understanding the Army, Navy, and Air Force Climate Strategies

By Pauline Baudu

On November 3, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) hosted a public discussion moderated by Hon. John Conger, Director Emeritus of CCS and Senior Advisor at the Council on Strategic Risks, on “Understanding the Army, Navy, and Air Force Climate Strategies.” 

The event featured Hon. Sherri Goodman, Senior Strategist at CCS and Chair of the Board of the Council on Strategic Risks; Ed Oshiba, Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force (Energy, Installations and Environment); Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Installations, Energy and Environment); Jim Balocki, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) and Rachel Ross, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). Panelists discussed the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force climate plans released earlier this year, an important step towards integrating climate security planning across DoD and adding substance to existing national strategic efforts, as noted by Mr. Conger.

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New Report: Climate Security in Mainland Southeast Asia: A Scenarios Based Assessment

By John Lichtefeld | Project managed by Brigitte Hugh | Edited by Francesco Femia

A new report from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), Climate Security in Mainland Southeast Asia: A Scenarios Based Assessment, explores the socio-political, technological, demographic, diplomatic, military, and economic drivers that may shape the converging threats of climate change and national security in Mainland Southeast Asia. This paper posits four “climate security scenarios” built on expert input and identification of two key drivers of insecurity: state governance capacity and social and economic inequality.  

Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam are extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts owing to their geographic situation and natural characteristics, as well as their relatively heterogeneous levels of internal development and governing capacities. Regional populations are already experiencing the first order physical consequences of a changing climate, including an increased frequency of extreme weather events, higher mean temperatures, decreased weather predictability, and rising sea levels. 

Beyond these immediately observable consequences, an array of cascading second order effects is likely to emerge over the coming years, as the region’s inhabitants are forced to cope with unstable agricultural conditions, declining freshwater availability, and increasing energy costs. The future of Mainland Southeast Asia’s development, as well as its overall stability and security, will be determined in large part by the vulnerabilities and resilience of its constituent states, as well as the willingness of governments in the region to work together and with global partners to mitigate climate risks before consequences are imminent and unavoidable.

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EVENT: Understanding the Army, Navy, and Air Force Climate Strategies

By Elsa Barron

The United States Army, Navy, and Air Force have each released a climate plan this year, marking an important step towards integrating climate security planning across the Department of Defense. 

On Thursday, November 3rd, from 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern Time, The Center for Climate and Security will convene representatives from each department to discuss their climate plans and answer questions from the audience. 

The panel, moderated by Hon. John Conger, Senior Advisor at the Council on Strategic Risks, will include: 

  • Hon. Sherri Goodman, Chair of the Board at the Council on Strategic Risks, and Senior Strategist at the Center for Climate and Security
  • Ed Oshiba, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Energy, Installations and Environment)
  • Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)
  • Jim Balocki, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)
  • Rachel Ross, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer of DoD

For a comparison of the Army, Navy, and Air Force climate plans, see this article by John Conger.

For further reading, also see the “Army Climate Strategy,” the Navy “Climate Action 2030,” and the “U.S. Department of the Air Force Climate Action Plan.” 

Event Summary: The Security Implications of the Pakistan Floods: A Roundtable Discussion

By Elsa Barron

On September 30th, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) hosted a public roundtable discussion on “The Security Implications of the Pakistan Floods.” Panelists Ameera Adil, Faraz Haider, Andrea Rezzonico, and Jumaina Siddiqui discussed the ongoing flooding crisis in a discussion moderated by CCS Director Erin Sikorsky. The conversation first scoped the intersecting climate and security risks in Pakistan before exploring solutions to bolster climate justice, good governance, and community resilience. 

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