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Turning The Tide: National Security Risks in the Face of Sea Level Rise
June 29

Turning The Tide: National Security Risks in the Face of Sea Level Rise

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01:00 pm - 02:00 pm. Time zone: America/New_York

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Sea level rise and more extreme weather events are causing risks to military installations, readiness, operations, and strategy. The Department of Defense manages more than 1,700 military installations that may be affected by sea-level rise. How can we prepare military bases for climate security threats, like sea-level rise, and what are the priority areas when it comes to these issues?

Join the American Security Project and Florida International University for a briefing on recommended solutions when it comes to sea-level rise and the risks it poses to our national security.

For additional information click here to view our briefing note on Florida and here for a recap of our most recent Florida based event where we highlighted the Tampa Bay region.

About the Speakers

David Haines

David Haines is a Senior Fellow for Climate Security at the American Security Project.  His research examines the national security implications of climate change. From 2006-2020 he was an officer and aviator in the United States Marine Corps.  He completed his active-duty service at the United States Naval Academy, where he served as the Associate Chair for the Political Science Department and taught both American Government and the Politics of Irregular Warfare.

Previously he was stationed in San Diego as an MV-22B Osprey pilot and in Okinawa, Japan as a CH-46E pilot.  He has deployed multiple times to the Middle East and in Southeast Asia.


Richard Miller

Richard Miller is the executive director of the South Florida Defense Alliance. Currently, he also functions as the Founder and CEO of PHAROS Mission Critical Solutions and a Partner and CEO of MobileDOCK USA-Americas, as well as a board member and chairmen of the Florida Defense Council and an executive board member of the Economic Development Council of South Maimi-Dade.

From 2014 to 2018, Miller served as the Vice President of Nautical and Safety Operations at Carnival Cruise Lines. Prior to that, he served as a US Navy Captain, holding positions as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and then the Chief of Current Operations for the Southern Command.


Dr. Jayantha T. Obeyseker

Dr. Jayantha T Obeysekera is the Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center at the Institute of the Environment within Florida International University. He previously served as the chief modeler at the South Florida Water Management District, where he had a leading role modeling the Everglades and Kissimmee River restoration projects. He was influential in his writing and direction of the National Climate Assessment, serving as a co-author, lead author, and member of the federal advisory committee. Obeysekera was a member of multiple National Research Council panels dealing with water resources issues, focusing on the Edwards Aquifer system in Texas, Klamath River in California and Oregon, and the California Bay-Delta. He also served on the Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group associated with the Department of Defense and co-authored a report on regional sea-level projections for Department of Defense facilities across the globe.