Summary of Data-Gathering Sessions
The Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces first convened in September 2009 and held three full committee meetings prior to issuing this letter report. In addition to deliberating on its tasks and approach and preparing its letter report, the committee also participated in the data-gathering sessions at these meetings, which are summarized below.
September 17-18, 2009, in Washington, D.C. First full committee meeting: Briefings on current climate-change and energy-related initiatives from the Navy Task Force Climate Change; the Navy Task Force Energy; the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review Integration Group; the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N81); the Office of Facilities Branch Head, U.S. Marine Corps; the Office of Environmental Management Section, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and the Office of Policy Integration, Headquarters, U.S. Coast Guard. Additionally the committee received briefings on recently completed climate-change-related reports by the Center for New American Security, the CNA Corporation, and the National Research Council.
October 19-20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Second full committee meeting: Briefings on climate-change-related national security issues, naval installation vulnerabilities, and current research activities by representatives from the National Intelligence Council, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Navy Task Force Climate Change, Naval Installations Command, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Ice Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Washington, and the University of Colorado.
November 19-20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Third full committee meeting. Briefings on human dimensions, allies’ perspectives, water resource issues, and maritime operational perspectives of climate change from Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network, the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, the British Defence Staff of the United States British Embassy, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Plans and Strategy, and the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.