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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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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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EVENT: The Security Implications of the Pakistan Floods: A Roundtable Discussion

By Elsa Barron

Pakistan has been hit with unprecedented levels of flooding over this summer’s monsoon season, submerging one-third of the entire country under water. Already, one early attribution study has linked this disaster to climate change, finding that this severity of flooding is extremely unlikely without existing global temperature rise. 

While the scale of the disaster is linked to climate change, the scale of the disaster’s impact is linked to poor governance, writes Jumaina Siddiqui. The politically unstable government in Pakistan has failed to develop comprehensive resilience measures, even after similar extreme flood events of the past. 

This has led to devastating humanitarian costs, and yet that is not the end of the potential risks. As Erin Sikorsky and Andrea Rezzonico write, “These climate hazards will compound existing challenges in the country, including political instability, Islamic extremism, and nuclear security.” Given such intersecting risks, it is critical to take a holistic climate security approach to the current crisis in Pakistan. As Ameera Adil and Faraz Haider write, Pakistan’s climate security threats should inspire a rethink of comprehensive national security. 

In order to discuss these articles and themes, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) will convene a public roundtable discussion on Friday. September 30th, from 9 to 10 am EST on “The Security Implications of the Pakistan Floods.” The expert panel, moderated by CCS Director Erin Sikorsky, will include: 

  • Ameera Adil, Assistant Director Sustainability at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan
  • Faraz Haider, Research Associate, Faculty of Aerospace and Strategic Studies, Air University, Islamabad
  • Andrea Rezzonico, Deputy Director, Converging Risks Lab, Council on Strategic Risks
  • Jumaina Siddiqui, Senior Program Officer, South Asia United States Institute of Peace

We hope that you will join us for this event. Please register here to access the full invitation and webinar details. 

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