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Senior Navy and Air Force Nominees on Climate Change

ConfHearing_Bayer_Henderson_2018_01_18In Questions for the Record (QFRs) submitted by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to the Administration’s nominees for Assistant Secretary Of The Navy For Installations, Energy, And The Environment (Mrs. Phyllis L. Bayer) and Assistant Secretary Of The Air Force For Installations, Environment, And Energy (Mr. John Henderson), they were each asked a question on how they would address climate change-related risks to the Department of Defense. Both followed the lead of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who has made some of the strongest statements of any Secretary of Defense on the need to address the security implications of climate change in his own responses to the QFRs. Below are Bayer’s and Henderson’s answers: (more…)

Rear Admiral Jonathan White, USN (Ret) Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

JWW - Bio Pic - 3The Center for Climate and Security is honored to welcome Rear Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy (Retired), as the newest member of its distinguished Advisory Board.

Jon White joined the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Sep 2015 as the Vice President for Ocean Science and Strategy.  Prior to this he had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral.

White’s passion for the ocean and science began at a very early age as he grew up near Florida’s Gulf coast.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanographic Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1981 and holds a master’s degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.  After working at sea as a civilian oceanographer on board a seismic survey vessel, he was commissioned through Navy Officer Candidate School in 1983, and served for as a surface warfare officer for four years. (more…)

Office Of Naval Research Prepares for a Changing Arctic

120806-N-QI093-047On the heels of the release of the Department of Defense’s Arctic Strategy, blessed by Defense Secretary Hagel with a climate-focused speech at the Halifax International Security Forum, and a directive from Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert following the “U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030,” the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has announced ice-breaking news (pun intended) regarding “new efforts to determine the pace of change in what some are calling Earth’s final frontier.” (more…)

U.S. Navy Announces Early End to Alaskan Ice Camp

031000-N-XXXXB-001On March 23, the U.S. Commander of Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) announced an early closing to Ice Camp Nautilus in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a “temporary structure built and operated especially for Ice Exercise 2014 (ICEX-2014).” According to an official announcement from the Commander:


Event: Powering the Navy’s Energy Future

091014-N-8273J-024The Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and CNA are hosting an event at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center this Thursday, January 16, titled “Powering the Navy’s Energy Future.” It will feature an impressive lineup, including; Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and the Environment; the Honorable John Warner, former U.S. Senator and Armed Services Committee Chairman; Phyllis Cuttino, Director of the Clean Energy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts; Michael Brower, Interim President and CEO of ACORE; and Sherri Goodman, Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, Senior VP and OGC of CNA, and Advisory Board member here at the Center for Climate and Security.

See the Pew website for more details, and click here to RSVP.


Retired Admiral Frank “Skip” Bowman Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

BowmanWe are deeply honored to welcome Admiral Frank L. “Skip” Bowman, U.S. Navy (ret) to the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board.

Bowman is a retired U.S. Navy 4-star Admiral. He served as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program overseeing the operations of all US Navy submarine and aircraft carrier nuclear reactors, and concurrently as deputy administrator for naval reactors in the Naval Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy. He was also Chief of Naval Personnel, Joint Staff director for Political-Military Affairs, and served aboard 5 nuclear submarines, commanding one of them. Recently, he served as a member of the military advisory board for the 2008 CNA Corporation study on National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, and as the Co-Chair of the NRC/NSB study National Security Implications of Climate Change on U.S. Naval Forces”. Bowman is a graduate of Duke University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Admiral Locklear: Climate change the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region

PACOM commander visits MCAS MiramarAs reported by the Boston Globe, four-star Admiral Samuel Locklear, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, provided an “unexpected answer” when recently asked “what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region?” Climate change. (more…)