Climate Change and National Security: Protecting the Integrity of Threat Assessments

Opening remarks by:

Joe Bryan

Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

Introduction to the panel:

Caitlin Werrell

Chief Executive Officer, The Council on Strategic Risks;

Co-Founder, The Center for Climate and Security

A conversation with:

George David Banks

Executive Vice President

American Council on Capital Formation

Alice Hill

Research Fellow

The Hoover Institute

VADM Dennis McGinn, US Navy (Ret.)

Member, Advisory Board

The Center for Climate and Security


RADM David Titley, US Navy (Ret.)

Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University;

Member, Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security

Moderated by:

Captain James C. Goudreau, US Navy (Ret.)

Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy

Closing remarks by:

Andrew Holland

Chief Operating Officer

American Security Project

Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, the American Security Project, and the Center for Climate and Security on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a conversation on climate change as a national security threat and the need for independent, objective science to inform threat assessments.  


The linkage between climate change and national security is well-established. The Department of Defense and other elements of the Intelligence Community have issued assessments identifying climate change as a national security threat since 1989, crossing three Republican and two Democratic administrations. All of those assessments have drawn upon the findings of the US scientific community, including, most recently, the National Climate Assessment, a study which is rigorously peer-reviewed across thirteen federal agencies including the Department of Defense, NASA, the State Department, the Department of Energy, and key science agencies.


Recent reports have suggested that the independence and objectivity of critical scientific information underpinning national security community assessments of climate-related risks could be under threat. A panel of former senior defense, intelligence, and other national security officials will discuss the potential implications of that and the importance of independent, objective science to inform policy decisions.

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