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Climate Explorations Series: "Climate Change and National Security"

Climate change will have an impact on operations of the United States Armed Forces and international events, both humanitarian relief efforts and arms conflicts, to which they respond.

Keynote speaker, Rear Admiral Jonathan White, will discuss the impacts of climate change on the U.S. Navy’s operations and actions being taken to prepare for these changes. Rear Adm. White is oceanographer of the U.S. Navy and head of the Oceanography, Space and Maritime Domain Awareness directorate (OPNAV N2N6E) under the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. In addition, White is director of the Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Additional speakers and a panel discussion will allow continued dialogue on climate change, national security, and humanitarian relief with perspectives from other branches of the military and research communities.

Event Schedule:

  • 2 p.m. “Briefing on Bipartisan White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience," Paula Brooks, Franklin County Commissioner
  • 2:15 p.m. “The Future of Arctic Governance," Alex Thompson, professor, political science, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
  • 2:30 p.m. “Energy Security Briefing: Threats and Solutions," Mike Breen, Truman National Security Project
  • 2:45 p.m. Keynote: “Task Force Climate Change," Rear Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy
  • 3:30 p.m. Moderated Panel Discussion with Audience Submitted Questions

Panelists:
Rear Admiral Jonathan White, United States Navy
Mike Breen, Truman National Security Project
Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Byrd Polar Research Center
Alex Thompson, professor, political science, Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Moderator: Ann Fisher, WOSU Public Media

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For more information, visit the Geography website.

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