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March 25

Climate Change and National Security: Protecting the Integrity of Threat Assessments

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02:00 pm - 03:30 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Please join the American Security Project, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, and the Center for Climate and Security on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a conversation on climate change as a national security threat and the need for independent, objective science to inform threat assessments.

The linkage between climate change and national security is well-established. The Department of Defense and other elements of the Intelligence Community have issued assessments identifying climate change as a national security threat since 1989, crossing three Republican and two Democratic administrations. All of those assessments have drawn upon the findings of the US scientific community, including, most recently, the National Climate Assessment, a study which is rigorously peer-reviewed across thirteen federal agencies including the Department of Defense, NASA, the State Department, the Department of Energy, and key science agencies.

Recent reports have suggested that the independence and objectivity of critical scientific information underpinning national security community assessments of climate-related risks could be under threat. A panel of former senior defense, intelligence, and other national security officials will discuss the potential implications of that and the importance of independent, objective science to inform policy decisions.

Join us on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005) for what promises to be an important and thought-provoking discussion. This event is on-the-record and open to the media.




Opening remarks by:
Joe Bryan
Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council


Introduction to the panel:

Caitlin Werrell
Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks;
Co-Founder, The Center for Climate and Security


A conversation with:

George David Banks
Executive Vice President
American Council on Capital Formation

Alice Hill
Research Fellow
The Hoover Institute

VADM Dennis McGinn, US Navy (Ret.)

Member, Advisory Board
The Center for Climate and Security

RADM David Titley, US Navy (Ret.)

Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University;
Member, Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security


Moderated by:

Captain James C. Goudreau, US Navy (Ret.)
Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy


Closing remarks by:

Andrew Holland
Chief Operating Officer
American Security Project