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Energy Policy and the Role of Technology in National Security1


Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Global security is a dynamic, complex system of systems. From one perspective, it is a global/national political-economic-technology system. From another, it is a defense, intelligence, and security system. From yet another perspective, it is an energy (coal, oil, natural gas, and renewables) and environmental system that interacts with our economies, demographics, technology, and national and geopolitical systems. Consequently, U.S. energy security requires thoughtful analysis and global engagement in all of these interrelated dimensions, rather than just the “energy” or “energy-environmental” dimensions. As a practical matter, globalization, growing international interdependencies, and geopolitics set the context for meaningful discussions about energy security.


Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram organization operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration, under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.


Dr. Romig is executive vice president, deputy laboratories director for Integrated Technologies and Systems, and interim chief operating officer, Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Baker is chief economist, Sandia National Laboratories. This is an extended abstract of the keynote address by Dr. Romig to the National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, University of New Mexico, September 18, 2008.

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