Council Special Report on Climate Change and National Security

Staff: Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change
Author: Joshua W. Busby
June 2007 - October 2007

Connections between climate change and national security are receiving unprecedented attention from policymakers and analysts. In March 2007, Senators Richard Durbin and Chuck Hagel introduced a bill requesting that the National Intelligence Council draft a National Intelligence Estimate to assess the security implications of climate change. In April 2007, the CNA Corporation released a report overseen by retired generals that documents the links between climate and national security. The British government initiated a similar discussion in the United Nations Security Council in the same month.

This Council Special Report (CSR) will move the discussion from broad assessments of the links between climate and security to a plan for action. It will examine whether climate change poses a direct security threat to the United States, and will identify the security assets that will be affected by climate change. Finally, it will outline the policies that the United States should adopt to protect critical infrastructure, and military bases from these effects.

Publications

Meetings

Advisory Committee ⁄ Washington

Council Special Report on Climate Change and National Security: First Advisory Committee Meeting

Presider:

Michael A. Levi, Fellow for Science and Technology; Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Joshua W. Busby, Assistant Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, Kurt M. Campbell, CEO, Center for a New American Security
July 12, 2007

This meeting is not for attribution.