April 28, 2010

CNAS Hosts Obama Administration's Top Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor

On April 28, 2010, the Center for a New American Security hosted President Obama's Assistant for Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner at an event on Natural Security, a CNAS program that examines how climate change, energy, and natural resources challenges affect U.S. national security. The event will also feature a roundtable discussion among top national security experts - including David Kilcullen, Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, Robert Kaplan and Christine Parthemore - who addressed how these issues affect the current and future global security environment. 

 The event also marked the public launch of two groundbreaking CNAS reports that help map a road ahead to improve the country's ability to promote national security in the face of a changing climate: Broadening Horizons: Climate Change and the U.S. Armed Forces, which examines the dual pressures of climate change and energy on each U.S. military service and regional combatant command; and Lost in Translation: Closing the Gap Between Climate Science and National Security Policy, which explores the gap between the science and policy communities and offers recommendations for how they can work more closely together.

Following Browner's keynote address and Q&A with the audience, David Kilcullen, CNAS Non-Resident Senior Fellow and President and CEO of Caerus; Rear Admiral Philip Hart Cullom, USN, Director of the Fleet Readiness Division and Lead of Navy’s Task Force Energy; Robert Kaplan, CNAS Senior Fellow and correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly; and Christine Parthemore, CNAS Bacevich Fellow, addressed questions including: How will energy and water challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan affect current operations in the region and U.S. military bases around the globe? How will competition for energy, strategic minerals, food, and water affect countries and regions of strategic importance – from Afghanistan to the Arctic, China to Yemen?

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. Since its founding, CNAS has produced groundbreaking work under its Natural Security program, which explores the interconnectedness of climate change, energy, minerals, water, land and biodiversity; how these issues affect U.S. national security; and offer pragmatic policy recommendations for addressing them.