Climate Impact on National Security

Convened by the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) and the U.S. Army War College (USAWC)
U.S. Army War College
Carlisle, PA, United States
11-28-2016 - 12-01-2016


It is increasingly evident that the national security responsibilities embodied within the missions of the U.S. armed forces are now directly impacted by the observed, and emerging, impacts of changing climates, both domestically and internationally. The complex, and often contentious, societal debates concerning the significance of changing climates take a more urgent tone when viewed through the lens of national security.

The Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP) and the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) are cooperating to address these issues by co-hosting an invitation-only conference entitled “Climate Impact on National Security (CINS)” to be convened on the AWC campus in Carlisle, PA, on November 28 – December 1, 2016.

The CINS conference agenda will follow the unusual, if not unique, debate/caucus format pioneered by the ISGP to critically examine credible scientific and technological information, review existing decisions and priorities, and focus on broadly supported decisions derived from credible scientific and technological understanding.

Specifically, six position papers prepared by internationally recognized subject-matter experts each will be debated for 90-minutes by 45–60 representatives from the U.S. armed forces leadership writ large, U.S. governmental agencies and departments, and representatives from the U.S. and international scientific and technological communities. Subsequently, extended small-group and plenary caucuses will be convened to identify areas of consensus and actionable next steps. All proceedings will be conducted under the Chatham House Rule (not for attribution). As a not-for-profit organization, the ISGP expresses no opinions nor does it lobby on any issue (

More about the Climate Impact on National Security conference is available by contacting Jennifer Boice ( or 520.343.8181).