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Sustainability Events

Resource Resiliency for National Security in a Changing Environment

Lieutenant General Norman Seip

  • US Air Force (ret)

The Honorable Sharon E. Burke

  • Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program at New America

Nadya Bliss

  • Director, Global Security Initiative, Arizona State University

Gary Dirks

  • Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Wesley Herche

  • Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University

Join us for a discussion with Lieutenant General Norman Seip USAF (Ret.), and our distinguished panel of experts on how energy security and climate resiliency impacts our national and global security, why this matters to the military, and why this should matter to the business community and citizens in Arizona.

The impacts of climate and energy insecurity are far reaching and the consequences will continue to create some serious challenges in the future for Arizona, the nation, and the world. The US Department of Defense (DOD) has long recognized that these issues have a significant impact on, and are a threat to, our national security and global stability. The military is faced with both the challenge of securing energy for reliable and sustainable operational capacity for bases in the United States, and operational effectiveness in the forward operating bases that are often in remote and austere environments.

The challenge of ensuring a global energy system that delivers the services humans need while also not doing serious damage to the environment is a quintessential wicked problem —involving complex interdependencies and/or conflicting objectives where there may be no evident solutions. The military also has the more pressing task of ensuring their energy systems provide unimpeded continuity of operations and do not inhibit their mission effectiveness. Numerous technologies and approaches such as renewable energy, microgrids, on-site battery storage, and energy efficiency measures have already shown great promise in providing operationally effective, reliable, and clean sources of energy for military missions at home and overseas.

The keynote presentation and moderated panel will address these key issues, why they matter to you, and to discuss what the military, research institutions, businesses, and others are doing to address these critical issues.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register below.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.