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On yesterday’s Government Matters: Defense, a news program that provides non-partisan information and analysis to federal managers and contractors in the defense space, the Center for Climate and Security’s Director, John Conger, and the New America Foundation’s Sharon Burke, discussed the impacts of climate change on military installations and energy security, respectively. Click here for the interview with John Conger, and here for the interview with Sharon Burke.
By Michael Wu, Policy Fellow, The Center for Climate and Security
“One area of immediate concern… is Hampton Roads.”– Judge Alice Hill, Senior Adviser for Preparedness and Resilience, National Security Council
Last week, students and faculty at Georgetown University Law Center held an event entitled, Threat Multiplier: Exploring the National Security Law and Policy Implications of Climate Change. The audience heard from a number of important members of the climate and security community. Notably, each of them mentioned Hampton Roads as a region that will present challenges and opportunities for United States national security and military readiness. (more…)
On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “Military Construction, Environmental, Energy, and Base Closure Programs.” The testimony of John C. Conger, who is “performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense Energy, Installations and Environment,” is worth particular notice, as it directly addresses climate risks to the Department of Defense’s mission, and outlines prudent steps DoD it taking to prepare for and mitigate those risks. (more…)