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Must Listen: DOD’s Daniel Chiu on Climate Change and Energy Security

The_PentagonThe Woodrow Wilson Center’s New Security Beat just posted a very interesting podcast featuring Daniel Chiu, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Strategy, taking about resilience, and the security implications of climate change and energy choices. DASD Chiu, a key figure in the development of the department’s strategic outlook, emphasized the importance of addressing such non-traditional threats to U.S. and international security, calling them “…emblematic of the types of security challenges we will be facing in the future.” As quoted by the New Security Beat: (more…)

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change: From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Barack_Obama_with_Oval_Office_artThe President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAS, recently released a set of recommendations for President Obama on addressing climate change. The top-line recommendations include: (more…)

U.S. Department of Defense Leading Climate Change Fight

Rafe Sagarin, author of Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World, and the recently-released Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease, wrote an interesting Op-ed in the Arizona Republic recently highlighting the critical leadership role of the U.S. Department of Defense in addressing the security risks of climate change. As he states in his opener: (more…)

Climate and Security 101: Why the U.S. National Security Establishment Takes Climate Change Seriously

In a 2007 report by the CNA Military Advisory Board, General Gordon R. Sullivan stated: “People are saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science projections…But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen on the battlefield.”

The national security establishment in the United States, including the U.S. military and the U.S. intelligence community, understand that climate change is a national security threat, and that we cannot wait for 100% certainty before acting to mitigate and adapt to its effects. But not only do they understand it, they plan for it – considering it’s implications in strategic documents like the Quadrennial Defense Review, and setting up an office within the CIA called the Center for Climate Change and National Security. But why? (more…)