The U.S. Congress Overrode Trump Veto on FY21 NDAA: Here are the Climate Security Highlights in the Bill

By John Conger On January 1, the U.S. Senate voted to override Mr. Trump’s veto of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with an 81-13 vote.  A few days earlier, the House voted 322-87 to override the…

Looking Back: The Center for Climate and Security 2020 Wrap-Up

As we begin 2021, we wanted to take a look back at the work of the Center for Climate and Security during the past year. Thanks to the dedication of our staff, fellows and Advisory Board, we’ve made significant progress…

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…

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,…

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…

Modelling Climate Change Risks to a U.S. Air Force and Army Base

Sunlight peeks through the ceiling of Hanger 5 at Tyndall Air Force Base, damaged by Hurricane Michael [Times photo by Tailyr Irvine] By Dr. Marc Kodack As U.S. military installation planners incorporate climate change into their work, such as the development…

How to Prioritize Climate Change in U.S. National Security

By Kate Guy From the outset of Joe Biden’s run for the American presidency, he pledged to look at national security with fresh eyes. Evolving systemic threats like climate change, often relegated to the portfolios of environmental experts and science…

Pandemics and Bioweapons: A Path for the Biden Administration

Parthemore and Weber, LA Times, Nov 12, 2020 By Christine Parthemore and Andy Weber The COVID-19 pandemic continues to prove that infectious diseases can devastate the United States and the world---killing and sickening millions, disrupting lives, crippling economies, and significantly…