Date(s) - 06/19/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Sands Regency Hotel

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Please RSVP for this upcoming National Security Forum, certainly very timely!

Energy Security, Renewables, and Why the U.S. Military has Gone Green

 A Presentation and Discussion With

 LTGEN Richard C. Zilmer, USMC (Ret)

CNA Military Advisory Board

Tuesday, June 19th, 9 a.m. The Sands

“The U.S. military is leading by example in developing and employing smart new clean energy technologies at scale. If the Department of Defense were a corporation, it would be the biggest business in the United States…For the Department of Defense, the transition (to renewable energy) is an operational imperative. That is why the Army, Navy, and Air Force are each pursuing an impressive goal to develop one gigawatt of renewable energy to power their installations by 2025 — enough to power about 700,000 U.S. homes.” (Washington Examiner 07Jul2017)

“Concerns over energy security are spurring branches of the military to get more electricity from renewable sources, inching the Pentagon toward governmentwide climate goals…But environmental concerns are not a key driver for the Defense Department, the nation’s largest consumer of energy. Instead, military officials say that safer sources of power are needed to enhance national security.” (Scientific American 16Mar2016)

Why exactly is the U.S. Department of Defense and all branches of the U.S. Military ardent developers and users of renewable energy?

The National Security Forum is honored to have an esteemed guest speaker from Washington, DC., LTGEN Richard C. Zilmer, USMC (Ret), join us to answer that and many other questions about energy security. LTGEN Zilmer will share his perspective on what energy security means to our troops at home and abroad. Going beyond the rhetoric and politics of fossil fuels, he will share insights and real-world examples at the nexus of renewable energy and national security. How important is it to the U.S. military to have secure, accessible, sustainable, and affordable energy sources both at home and abroad? What does energy security mean to Americans across the county?

Bringing the concept of energy security closer to home, LTGEN Zilmer will also recognize the unique role that Nevada has played (and continues to play) in developing alternative energy sources that are integral to training, equipping and protecting our troops here and in combatant commands around the world. Renewables have become a fundamental component of the U.S. energy security strategy and Nevada is at the forefront of making them work on the ground, in the air, and at sea.

Solar, wind, and geothermal and other energy resources are making our nation more secure and our military more efficient, mobile, agile, and responsive. “Going green” is much more than a bumper sticker, it is about protecting our men and women in uniform.

Come join us for a very exciting forum that strives to share new insight into what energy independence means to our national security now and in the future.

Lieutenant General Richard C. Zilmer, USMC (Ret.) serves on the CNA Military Advisory Board.

Former Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps; Former Commanding General of Multi-National Force, Al Anbar, Iraq.

Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer retired from active duty in January of 2011 following over 36 years of commissioned service. During his military career, Zilmer served in a variety of operational and staff assignments throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. His operational commands consisted of Commanding Officer First Battalion, First Marines, Commanding Officer 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Commanding General Multinational Forces-West (Anbar Province, Iraq), and Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Zilmer served combat tours during Lebanon Peacekeeping Operations, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Zilmer’s staff assignments included multiple Washington, DC tours at Headquarters Marine Corps, Deputy J-3 for Operations at the United States European Command. His final assignment was Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Lieutenant General Zilmer graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Kutztown University in 1974. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare.

A full breakfast will be served ($20 Members, $30 Non-Members, and $10 for students with ID and military personnel in uniform; free for WWII Veterans). We recommend that you arrive by 8:30 to enjoy some breakfast, coffee, and conversation. Breakfast service and registration open at 8:00 a.m.

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