Climate Security: A Tale of Two Defense Hearings

An aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base affected by major flood waters March 17, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Rachelle Blake) By John Conger Sometimes you want to hear from the very top, and sometimes you want…

BRIEFER – Definitions Matter: The Role of WMD in Shaping U.S. National Security Strategy

By Natasha E. Bajema To develop its national security strategy, the U.S. government typically formulates a set of agreed definitions and concepts about the current threat environment to help delineate top priorities. Once established, these impose clarity on mission spaces,…

U.S. Congress: Bipartisan Support for Investments in Combating Climate Change at the Department of Defense

Sherri Goodman, Chair of the Council on Strategic Risks, speaks to the House Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee, March 17, 2021 By John Conger As the Fiscal Year 2022 budget is discussed within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), a budget…

A Blueprint for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Assessment of Climate Change

This is an excerpt from an article published in War on the RocksBy Kate Guy and Erin Sikorsky One could be forgiven for thinking that a rising China is the only threat that the Department of Defense is preparing to…

Protecting Against Biological Threats: Recommendations for the Global Posture Review

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore and Andy Weber On February 4, 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III released a statement on the initiation of a Global Posture Review (GPR) - a comprehensive review of the U.S.…

U.S. Department of Defense: Funding Available for Environmental Research and Development

ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 4, 2020—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area.  SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic…

Despite Politics, the Pentagon Launches New Effort on Climate and Environmental Security

By John Conger The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has been addressing climate change issues and examining how they impact national security for a long time – across multiple Administrations, both Democrat and Republican.  In recent years, the DoD has…

Climate Security in the 2021 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act

By John Conger Both the U.S. House and Senate recently passed their versions of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, but it’s quite possible there will be a delay before a conference bill is completed.  Rather than wait…