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The last week and a half featured a lot of climate security discussion in the United States, particularly as senior retired military leaders rounded the country to talk about the issue. Below is a listing of key events, articles and interviews. (more…)
The new CNA Military Advisory Board report “National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change” is already making a significant impact on the climate discussion in the United States. The report was launched at the Woodrow Wilson Center yesterday, with a panel that included Rear Admiral David Titley, USN (ret), General Ron Keys, USAF (ret), Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (ret) and Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, British Royal Navy (ret). If you didn’t get a chance to be there, or to watch it live online, you can watch a video of the event here.
CNA and RUSI Report “The Climate and Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security”
On June 5, CNA and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) released a new report titled “The Climate and Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security.” Given the quality of CNA’s and RUSI’s past reports, and their significant credibility in the field, this report is certainly worthy of note. (more…)
The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program will be hosting the release of a policy report on the morning of the 6th that is sure to be informative. The event titled, The Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security, includes a line-up of some of the top energy and climate experts from both sides of the Atlantic. Here is a description of the event: (more…)
Ellen Laipson, the Stimson Center’s President and CEO, recently moderated a discussion with Hon. Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, CNA and Richard Cronin, Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program, on the evolution of environmental issues as an increasingly important part of human and national security. Sherri Goodman’s account of her career in many ways parallels the evolution of the global security landscape. She started at the Senate Arms Services Committee with a focus on nuclear weapons and arms control during the Cold War, led the charge to broaden the definition of national security through her work as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security (1993-2001). As she describes the transition, she went “from weapons to waste.” She has continued to lead in advancing understanding of environmental security risks as Senior Vice President at CNA, where in 2007 she led the development of the Military Advisory Board’s groundbreaking report, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change.” (more…)
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) went to Texas on behalf of the Center for Naval Analyses’ Military Advisory Board to talk about climate change as a threat to national security. While in the Lone Star State, Admiral Gunn spoke with policymakers and energy leaders. He also made time to meet with Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas for an interview to discuss the impacts of climate change on international security and military installations in Texas. Here is a part of the interview that looks at the overlapping stresses between governance, unrest, and climatic and ecological variables: (more…)
Climate change is a “threat multiplier.” This was the primary focus of an excellent piece in today’s Politico co-authored by the Hon. Sherri Goodman, former deputy undersecretary of defense, senior vice president and general counsel of CNA, and executive director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, and Gen. Gordon Sullivan, USA (ret), the 32nd chief of staff of the Army, president and chief executive officer of the Association of the United States Army, and member of the CNA Military Advisory Board. (more…)