NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM

Programs

July 15, 2021 – NSF Virtual July Forum: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

As challenging as politics have become in the United States, nothing holds a candle to the tumult that Israel has been through over the last three years. With four elections proving indecisive and Benjamin Netanyahu being pushed out as Prime Minister in May, after 12 years at the helm, Israel is contending with internal upheaval at the same time as it navigates external challenges. Meanwhile Palestinian political paralysis and division persists, with long overdue Palestinian legislative elections scheduled then ultimately canceled at the eleventh hour, and Hamas and Fatah continuing their rift and divided rule.

Letter from the Director

Happy summer, NSF! Thank you very much for your patience as we organized and hosted a very successful Youth Security Forum (YSF) in late May. The event successfully engaged Washoe County School District students in discussion on a wide range of national security topics. Sarah Brown (WCSD, K-12 Social Studies Coordinator) sent a very kind thank you letter to NSF following the event. We are very grateful to our YSF sponsors who generously supported our effort to encourage a new generation of national security-informed citizenry.

ARTICLE: Combatting climate change will make us more secure by Lee Gunn

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.

ARTICLE: Why transitioning off fossil fuels strengthens our national security – by Lee Gunn

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

Apr. 28, 2021 – NSF Virtual April Forum: How it all works – From policy to programs

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.