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Event: Challenge Accepted: A Progress Report on the Climate Security Plan for America and Recommendations for the Way Ahead

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District contractor repairs 750 feet of the north end of the Buffalo Harbor north breakwater, Buffalo, NY, September 10, 2021. USACE BUFFALO / FLICKR

By Elsa Barron

In 2019, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) released the Climate Security Plan for America, which called on the U.S. President to “recognize climate change as a vital national security threat, and issue a National Strategy to fulfill a ‘responsibility to prepare for and prevent’ that threat.” Now, three years later, a new progress report assesses the ambition and action of the Biden Administration on climate security, laying out its achievements and recommendations for future prioritization. More than 60 U.S. national security experts, including general and flag officers, former senior intelligence officials, and former Ambassadors, have endorsed this report.

Join CCS on Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 10-11 am ET for the release of the report, “Challenge Accepted: A Progress Report on the Climate Security Plan for America and Recommendations for the Way Ahead.” Register to attend the event here

UPDATE 4/14/2022: In case you missed the event, you can watch the full recording below.


Mainstreaming Climate Security: The FY22 National Defense Authorization Act

By John Conger

Last week, President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), that Congress passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. The bill included numerous climate security measures that echo a number of key recommendations in the Center for Climate and Security’s Climate Security Plan for America (CSPA).

Over the past several years, Congress has enacted a series of pragmatic measures on climate and security.  Many of the measures have focused locally and tactically on the Defense Department’s infrastructure and resilience to extreme weather, while others have taken a wider view such as requiring a new Arctic Strategy or creating a Department of Defense Center for Arctic Security Studies.  This year’s NDAA fills in the gaps between the tactical and strategic measures and codifies some provisions in President Biden’s executive orders on climate, which will help ensure they last beyond this administration.


U.S. President-Elect Biden and the Climate Security Nexus: Recommendations for the Way Ahead

By John Conger

In the wake of the declaration that Former Vice President Joseph Biden will become the next President of the United States, we must consider what this means for climate security.  Make no mistake, there will be significant consequences for climate change and for national security separately, but our focus at the Center for Climate and Security is their nexus.  We will be exploring this in significant detail in the weeks ahead, but I wanted to offer two thoughts in the wake of the election result.

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