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East Central Florida: Security in a Changing Climate
October 29

East Central Florida: Security in a Changing Climate

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East Central Florida and the Treasure Coast are home to key assets to U.S. national security, such as Patrick Space Force Base, NASA, and the Navy’s Air Warfare Center. Acute shocks from threats like flooding, heat waves, and rising seas can harmfully impact military readiness at these installations. Coordinated partnerships between the public and private sectors are key to making bases and adjacent communities resilient to climate-related threats.

Join the American Security Project and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, for a panel discussion on military base resilience to climate change related threats and local resilience and mitigation efforts. Panelists include Vice Admiral Kevin Green, USN (Ret.), Brevard County Commissioner Bryan Lober, and Space Florida’s Vice President of Government & External Relations, Dale Ketcham. Our panelists will discuss the nature of the threats to local national security installations as well as the federal programs available for local communities to improve climate change preparedness and offset the cost of resilience projects.

Thank you to our partners.



Event Details:

This in-person event is open to the public and N-95 rated masks will be provided at the door. 

Full Sail University Orlando Health Fortress

Address: 3260 University Blvd #105, Winter Park, FL 32792

October 29, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

About the Panelists

Vice Admiral Kevin Green, USN (Ret) served more than thirty years as a naval officer, completing his Navy career as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Policy at the grade of vice admiral. As DCNO, he coordinated global naval operations, strategic planning, information operations and policy development; and managed service relationships with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the National Security Council staff, the US military services, other federal agencies, and allied navies. As a flag officer he commanded Naval Forces U.S. Southern Command, the ABRAHAM LINCOLN Carrier Group, and Naval Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois. He served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Atlantic Fleet Headquarters, the Bureau of Naval Personnel, and commanded Destroyer Squadron 23 and the guided missile frigate USS TAYLOR. Kevin graduated from the United States Naval Academy and the National War College and received an M.S. in Applied Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Kevin retired from IBM Corporation in 2015, where he led IBM’s Department of Defense and Intelligence Community business across the armed services, joint commands, defense agencies, and the national intelligence agencies. He had business responsibility for providing coordinated technology, consulting and systems integration services to solve client enterprise management and mission capabilities challenges.  In previous roles, Kevin led IBM’s Defense and Intelligence Services Account, the Navy and Defense Agencies Services accounts; and served as Director, DoD Strategic Accounts. He was a member of IBM’s Industry Academy and chaired its Global Defense Board. Kevin consults with the Defense Science Board, the National Academy of Sciences,  the Council on Foreign Relations, and on behalf of Defense Industry clients as General Manager of Robertson Blodgett Consulting, LLC. He is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S Naval Institute, the Surface Navy Association and the American College of National Security Leaders. He serves on the Tuskegee University Board of Trustees and as a director of the Air Force Retired Officers Community.


Commissioner Bryan Lober is the County Commissioner for Florida’s Second District, containing the towns of Merritt Island, Cocoa, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Bryan and his wife, Rebecca, have lived in Brevard County since 2011. Since adopting their one-eyed rescue dog, Winks, Bryan and his family decided to make their forever home in Brevard County.

As Commissioner, Bryan sits on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, which is committed to reducing the carbon footprint, understanding the risks and vulnerabilities of utilizing emergency management, and increasing efforts towards sustainability on a regional scale. To develop regional resilience, the council has identified 3 pillars: health + equity, build infrastructure + national environment, and economic resilience.

Bryan is the only attorney serving on the Board of County Commissioners. He served as the 2016 – 2017 President of the Brevard County Bar Association – the youngest individual, on record, to have served in such capacity in the organization’s 64+ year history.

Bryan and his wife enjoy woodworking, SCUBA diving, and volunteering with animal rescue organizations.


Dale Ketcham serves as Space Florida’s Vice President Government & External Relations. In this role, Ketcham utilizes existing and developing networks to advantage the State of Florida as the recognized leader in the exploration, national security and commercial space marketplace through innovation, collaboration, and influence.

Dale spent 40 years at the Cape working with major contractors, 8(a)’s, the U.S. Congress, Enterprise Florida and the University of Central Florida.

After receiving his degree in philosophy from the University of Florida, Dale returned to Cocoa Beach. He worked for Rockwell International on the Shuttle Program for 10 years, then spent four years as District Director for then Congressman Jim Bacchus, who represented the Cape area on the Space Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dale then returned to the private sector, becoming Director of Business Development for AJT & Associates, a private engineering firm working with NASA, the U.S. Navy and Air Force as well as at airports around the country.

Immediately prior to Space Florida, Dale worked for the University of Central Florida (UCF) as Director of the Spaceport Research & Technology Institute (SRTI) and as the Director of Space and Defense Programs with Enterprise Florida, the State of Florida’s economic development agency.

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