6 Key Takeaways from the Biden Administration’s Budget Request & Interim National Security Strategic Guidance

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris pose with the full Cabinet for an official group photo in the Grand Foyer of the White House, April 1, 2021. By Yong-Bee Lim and Bill Beaver It is now clear that…

BRIEFER: Key U.S. Initiatives for Addressing Biological Threats Part 1

By Bill Beaver, Yong-Bee Lim, Christine Parthemore, and Andy Weber In 2006, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) launched a program to explore new approaches to combating bioterrorism and biological weapons programs.[1] The vision was a versatile process that can…

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,…

Congressional Hearing on Resilience Highlights Climate Change Risks

By John CongerOn Friday, March 26, the Readiness Subcommittee of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on resilience, which in recent years has become synonymous with climate change adaptation.  It was a remarkably substantive hearing, with senior…

10 + 10 Over 10: A Funding Vision for the U.S. Fight Against Biological Threats

U.S. President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with bipartisan group of governors and mayors on COVID relief - Feb 12, 2021 By Andrew Weber and Yong-Bee Lim Operation Warp Speed - the program of major U.S. government investments that…

Climate Change in U.S. National Security Strategies under Obama, Trump and Biden

By Dr. Marc Kodack As the Biden administration’s national security team ramps up efforts to incorporate climate change and its effects into their agencies and policies, work will begin on crafting a new National Security Strategy (NSS). To guide national…

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…

National Summit Calls for More Research into “Weather Forecasting” for Infectious Diseases

By Bill Beaver and Yong-Bee Lim  With good reason, the U.S. government is prioritizing pathogen early warning and taking biological threats seriously. In its National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, the Biden Administration announced plans to support…

Why The Intelligence Community Needs a Climate Change Task Force

\ This is a cross-posted excerpt from The Cipher Brief By Kristin Wood and Erin Sikorsky EXPERT PERSPECTIVE — President Biden’s 27 January Executive Order (EO) on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad demonstrates a strong commitment to preparing the…