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Introducing Elsa Barron and Brigitte Hugh, Newest Members of the Climate and Security Team

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) is growing, and we’re excited to announce the newest additions to our team—program assistants Elsa Barron and Brigitte Hugh. As we enter a new year with lots to cover on climate and security, we wanted to start with a few introductions.

CCS: Where are you from?

Elsa Barron (EB): Wheaton, IL, just west of Chicago. Home of the 11,000-year-old Perry Mastodon.

Brigitte Hugh (BH): Layton, UT, which lies just north of Salt Lake City. We do not have a Mastodon, but there are some great mountains. 


The Center for Climate and Security Announces New Director, John Conger

John CongerThe Center for Climate and Security (CCS) is pleased to announce John Conger as its new Director. Mr. Conger will oversee all of the Center’s programs, and chair the Climate and Security Advisory Group. He previously served as Senior Policy Advisor with CCS, and as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  As principal deputy comptroller, Mr. Conger assisted the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) in the performance of his or her duties, provided advice to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters, including the development and execution of the DoD’s annual budget of over $500 billion, and oversaw the DoD’s efforts to achieve audit readiness. (more…)

Colonel Tom Watson Joins The Center for Climate and Security Team

TomWatsonThe Center for Climate and Security is delighted to announce that Colonel Thomas F. Watson, United States Air Force (Retired), has joined the Center’s team as Director of Government Affairs, where he is responsible for engaging the U.S. government on issues of climate and national security. Prior to joining the Center, he served as the Senior Project Lead for Climate Adaptation and Critical Infrastructure in the Cross-Sector Integration and Innovation Center in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate. In this position, Colonel Watson was responsible for leading the national efforts on climate adaptation issues impacting critical infrastructure including improving owner/operator awareness, information sharing, mitigation strategies, and best practices. (more…)

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