As in previous years, climate and ecological security issues featured in the briefing and submitted testimonies presented by ODNI and the rest of the IC.
Category: CSR Blog
Changing Tone, Shifting Priorities and Continuing Progress: Lessons from a House Armed Services Committee Hearing under the New Republican Majority
On February 28, 2023, the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held its first hearing of the new Congress, with new Chairman Mike Waltz (R-FL) presiding, a handful of new Members joining the Subcommittee, and a newly minted Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, Brendan Owens, joining his service counterparts to discuss the installations portfolio. While the hearing was held in advance of the submission of the President’s Budget Request, there was still much to learn both from new voices and from old voices in new roles.
Climate & Food Security on Stage at the Munich Security Conference
Almost a year after the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine began, it was no surprise that the 2023 Munich Security Conference focused on the importance and implications of the ongoing conflict. This focus included a look at the second-order effects of the conflict, such as global food insecurity and the energy transition – a recognition that tackling such transnational challenges are integral to what the conference report identified as a need for “A re-envisioned liberal, rules-based international order…to strengthen democratic resilience in an era of fierce systemic competition with autocratic regimes.”
National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity Votes to Support Stricter Regulations for Risky Research
NSABB's recommendations cover research involving enhanced pandemic potential pathogens, as well as dual-use research of concern.
Blinken in Beijing: An Opportunity to Reduce Nuclear Risk
Despite the challenges, there are numerous measures available today that could become a longer arc of arms control relations involving the United States and China.
The Pentagon’s Chemical and Biological Defense Program Moves Towards Modernization, Yet Congress Slashes Funding
DoD's major update for its Chemical and Biological Defense Program outlines a new, two-phased approach to medical countermeasures implementation. But