Florida plays an important role in U.S. national security. It is home to the headquarters of three Combatant Commands: U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and U.S. Southern Command. It houses over 20 bases, representing every branch of the U.S. military. It provides key access to irreplaceable training grounds for U.S. pilots in more than 180,000 square miles of Department of Defense (DoD) controlled airspace over the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Climate change poses clear risks to these security assets.
Please join Lieutenant General Norm Seip, USAF (ret.) for a discussion of the climate threats to military infrastructure, operations, and readiness in Florida, as well as the broader threats to U.S. national security interests.
About the Speaker
Lieutenant General Norm Seip, USAF (ret.)
Lt. Gen. Norm Seip, USAF (ret.) served in the U.S. Air Force for 35 years. His last assignment was Commander of 12th Air Force, comprised of seven active-duty wings and two direct-reporting units in the Western and Midwestern United States. The fighter and bomber wings under his command possessed over 400 aircraft and had more than 33,000 active-duty military and civilian assigned personnel.
Lt. Gen. Seip was a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours, primarily in fighter aircraft, and has flown in support of numerous military operations and contingencies around the world.
Currently, he is an independent consultant focused on defense and national security-related matters. He is a Senior Mentor for the Air Force and also serves, pro bono, as the Chairman of the Board, Council for a Strong America; Military Advisory Board, Truman National Security Project; National Security Advisory Council, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; and International Advisory Board, 911 Fund.