Nuclear Weapon Sole Purpose: The Strongest Future for U.S. National Security and Global Stability

By the Hon Andrew Weber and Rear Admiral John Gower Concept #1: Nuclear Weapon Sole Purpose: Days before President Trump was sworn in, retired Vice President and now President-Elect Joe Biden Jr, gave a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for…

The Council on Strategic Risks Condemns Violence Against U.S. Democratic Institutions

This week, the American democratic system withstood a direct and violent attempt to prevent it from working. Despite this despicable attempt, the U.S. Congress proceeded to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. This Constitutional process, which started in…

If Biden Reviews Nuclear Weapons Plans, Focus on New & Low-Yield Weapons

By Christine Parthemore Over the past week, there has been a flurry of news reporting that President-elect Biden will likely review U.S. nuclear weapons programs with the aim of reducing some of the excess of current plans. Articles consistently start…

For First Time, the Pentagon IG Annual Report Identifies Climate Change as Top Challenge

By Dr. Marc Kodack In another sign that the Department of Defense (DoD) is prioritizing climate security risks, the annual Inspector General (IG) summary of the Department’s top management challenges explicitly discusses climate change and extreme weather events. This is…

EVENT: US Navy War College: The National Security Significance of a Changing Climate, January 8

Rough seas pound the hull of Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic as she sails alongside Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua A. Moore On January 8,…

New SARS-CoV-2 Strain in the United States

Larger-scale genome sequencing needed to bolster early warning  By William Beaver The COVID-19 crisis has made clear that the United States and most other countries need to significantly improve their disease detection capabilities. This pressing need---and a glimpse at part…

Snapping Shrimp Can Disrupt the U.S. Navy’s Search for Mines as the Oceans Warm

By Dr. Marc Kodack And now for something completely different. Marine biologists presented an interesting paper at the Ocean Science Meeting 2020 on research they conducted on "snapping shrimp." As ocean temperatures warm because of climate change, the cracking noise that snapping shrimp…

Biome Shifts Due to Climate Change Creates Increased Vulnerabilities for Military Installations

Tyndall Air Force Base Grounds Depicting Damage from Hurricane Michael, the Center for Climate and Security, April 30, 2019 By Dr. Marc Kodack Supporting sustainable range management and training activities on military installations will be challenged by climate change, both in…

Climate Change in the US Arctic: A Growing Concern for Homeland Defense?

By Agata Lavorio Is climate change shaping U.S. Arctic posture? For much of its modern history, the U.S. has been considered a reluctant Arctic state, given its limited interest in the High North. In 2015, a survey by the Arctic…

The Council on Strategic Risks Welcomes Erin Sikorsky as Deputy Director of its Center for Climate and Security

The Council on Strategic Risks is delighted to welcome Erin Sikorsky as the new Deputy Director of its Center for Climate and Security (CCS), and Director of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). Previously, Ms. Sikorsky served as the…