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Preparing for the Future: Climate Change and National Security
March 26

Preparing for the Future: Climate Change and National Security

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Date Monday, March 26, 2018
Time 12:00-2:00 pm
Location Stern Great Room, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA


Climate change is a national security threat that America’s military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking seriously. From sea-level rise threatening U.S. bases internationally, to climate change effects like extreme weather and food and water scarcity, climate change is a disruptive force that can lead to political instability and even war.

Join the American Security Project’s Dr. David Titley, Rear Admiral USN (Ret) on Monday, March 26th, 2018 for a lively discussion on the national security threats posed by climate change.

Co-sponsored by Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education, Security Studies, International Studies, Environmental Studies, and ROTC.



Speaker Biographies:

Dr. David Titley, Rear Admiral USN (Ret).

David Titley is a Professor of Practice in Meteorology and a Professor of International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. After graduating from Penn State, Titley served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Dr. Titley’s career included duties as commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. While serving in the Pentagon, Dr. Titley initiated and led the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the chief operating officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In 2017 Dr. Titley gave a TED talk on Climate Change and National Security that has been viewed over 850,000 times. He serves on numerous advisory boards and National Academy of Science committees, and currently chairs the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Climate Communication Initiative committee. He received an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.