President Biden’s recent Leaders Summit on Climate highlighted the clear and compelling link between climate instability and our national security. The White House made a key theme of the summit the need to “address the global security challenges posed by climate change and the impact on readiness.” For the United States, climate impacts on our military operations, service members, economy and global stability will erode our standing on the world stage and our ability to project U.S. power.
Fourteen years ago, during the George W. Bush administration, the CNA Military Advisory Board — a group of retired three- and four-star flag and general officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps that studies pressing issues of the day to assess their impact
When I asked our speaker, Neile Miller (MSTS, Senior Director for Business Operations and former NNSA Acting Administrator) what a shift in nuclear policy meant for the nuclear and other national security programs at the Nevada National Security Site, I heard her pause just long enough to grab her White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) hat off the shelf.
To help us understand what the path looks like going from a fossil-fuel dependent 2020 to a net-zero 2050 are two national security experts, Vice Adm Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) and Vice Adm Frank Pandolfe, USN (Ret.), both of the CNA Military Advisory Board.
Keith Hansen and Rae Huffstutler, NSF regular presenters and former Intelligence Community professionals, will review the known U.S. policy players and explore some of the continuing conundrums that the Biden team must continue to manage in new ways.