February 06, 2014

CNAS Releases New Report, “Energy Rush: Shale Production and U.S. National Security”

Washington, February 6, 2014 -- The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today released a new report written by CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Environment and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg. Informed by work of the CNAS Unconventional Energy and U.S. National Security Task Force, co-chaired by Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Governor Bill Richardson and Senator John Warner, the author examines the profound implications of U.S. unconventional energy production on energy markets and geopolitics. 

Ms. Rosenberg calls for policymakers and military leaders to reassess U.S. strategy to safeguard physical oil trade, criteria for the use of strategic reserves, potential expanded energy export and possibilities for energy-focused trade arrangements. The author states that civilian and military leaders must adapt policies and recast strategic relationships and military commitments to better fit complex and volatile global energy markets.

Download a copy of Energy Rush: Shale Production and U.S. National SecurityKindle and tablet versions are also available to download today.

Looking for just the highlights? Download the report’s executive summary or read the blog post underscoring the key takeaways.

Ms. Rosenberg concludes that while unconventional energy production will continue to shape the world energy map, the United States will remain vulnerable to global energy markets and that “robust international engagement is necessary to promote energy market stability, transparency and integration. Such an approach will benefit U.S. security."

CNAS will host a rollout event at the Willard InterContinental Hotel at 6:00 p.m. tonight that will feature a conversation with former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon as well as remarks from the report author and the Task Force co-chairs. More details for this event can be found here. CNAS invites Twitter users to follow the conversation using the hash tag #EnergyRush.