June 26th, 2010 12:12 EST
A Roadmap for Energy Security
Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, or Admiral John Nathman, members of the CNA`s Military Advisory Board, a panel of our nation`s highest ranking retired military leaders, and Partnership for a Secure America, believe that for the sake of our security, our economy, and our future, the U.S. must move to cleaner, more sustainable sources of energy.
CNA`s Military Advisory Board issued a report last spring that concluded America`s over reliance on fossil fuels is a national security risk " economically, diplomatically and militarily. For full report, www.cna.org/nationalsecurity/energy/. As the Fourth of July approaches, we are asking you to honor this time with a radio interview in favor of independence from fossil fuels.
Some who suggest we cannot afford to take these steps now as our economy recovers, underestimate the gravity, urgency and opportunity that this situation presents. Energy is the largest industry, by revenue, in the world "and clean energy technology represents the next breakout technology sector. The global market potential for clean energy technologies is more than $180 billion annually, according to government estimates. China understands this " which is why they are spending $12.6 million every hour to capture the leading edge of this energy technology revolution.
Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn or Retired Admiral John Nathman is available for interviews on June 22 to July 5 to discuss the following including a Roadmap to Energy Security:
It is not just burning fossil fuels that puts us in jeopardy. Simply purchasing fossil fuels often sends money to countries that are hostile to the United States, and puts us in the untenable position of funding both sides of the global fight against terrorism.
Recent events in the Gulf, and at coal mines and coal ash holding ponds in Appalachia, show that there is an immediate homeland security risk associated with fossil fuel extraction as well.
The U.S. uses 25% of the oil produced in the world, while controlling only 3% of known reserves. This is not sustainable. We cannot drill ourselves out of the national security problems caused by our growing oil dependence. Thinking that we can, only delays us from embarking on the kind of visionary course that has, time and again, defined our great nation`s history.
As security professionals, we know that it is always better to implement an effective risk management strategy up front, than let consequences find us unprepared. It is time we developed a well-rounded risk management strategy on energy security and climate change, just as we have done with other threats to our national security.
A Roadmap for Energy Security
Energy, climate change, and national security are inextricably linked. U.S. leadership on energy and climate issues is in the best long-term national security interests of the nation.
The U.S. must adopt a new approach to energy use that is based on a realistic assessment of energy options and of a changing climate. The Department of Defense should understand its use of energy at all levels of operations. DoD should know its carbon bootprint.
Consistency with emerging climate policies should shape energy and national security planning. Energy security and climate change goals should be clearly integrated into national security and military planning processes.
DoD should design and deploy systems to reduce the burden that inefficient energy use places on our troops as they engage overseas.
DoD should transform its use of energy at installations through aggressive pursuit of energy efficiency, smart grid technologies, and electrification of its vehicle fleet; and should expand the adoption of distributed and renewable energy generation at its installations.
Confronting this challenge is paramount for the military. The Department of Defense can be a leader as an innovation incubator, but to transform the way we generate and use energy in America will require a national effort in leadership and public support.
We need our elected leaders to put in place a framework that will move the United States away from fossil fuels, and toward a clean energy future. A safer, more sustainable, more prosperous nation could be our gift to future generations of Americans. This Independence Day, we ask you to honor our country by supporting that vision.
Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn served 35 years with the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His last assignment was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon where he led the development of the U.S. Navy`s future strategic capabilities. He also commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, which is responsible for some 50 million square miles of the eastern Pacific Ocean. As Third Fleet Commander, he was recognized for leading great advances in operational innovation, the rapid prototyping of sea-based information technology, and international naval force experimentation and coordination. Dennis McGinn took the helm at RemoteReality in January, 2008 after five years with Battelle Memorial Institute, the world`s largest nonprofit independent research and development organization, where he was a corporate officer and led the energy, transportation and environment division. Additional assignments with Battelle included serving as vice president of strategic planning and national security business development, and as a director on the Board of Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is actively engaged in national forums to highlight the close link between energy and international security and the imperative for innovative government policies, focused investments and effective deployment of technology to create a high-quality, sustainable global environment.
Retired Admiral John B. Nathman, US Navy (Retired 2007), graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1970. He commanded VFA-132 flying from the USS Coral Sea, leading his squadron in the first F/A-18 combat sorties against Libya in 1986. Adm. Nathman reported to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1987 as Executive Officer and subsequently assumed command of USS La Salle (AGF 3), the flagship for Commander, Middle East Force, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Adm. Nathman returned to the carrier Nimitz as her Commanding Officer from 1992-1994. After his selection to Flag rank in 1994, Adm. Nathman has served on the NATO staff of Commander, Allied Forces Southern Europe and as Director of Logistics for Commander, NATO Implementation Force during its deployment to Bosnia. He commanded Carrier Group 7, Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and Battle Force FIFTY in the Persian Gulf. Adm. Nathman subsequently served as Director, Air Warfare on the Chief of Naval Operations staff. Promoted to Vice Admiral in August 2000, he commanded Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and was later designated the first Commander, Naval Air Forces. Afterward, he returned to the Pentagon as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs. Promoted to Admiral, Nathman served as the 33rd Vice Chief of Naval Operations and most recently commanded all U.S. Fleet Forces from February 2005 until May 2007. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (four awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (two awards) and the Air Force Achievement Medal in addition to numerous campaign and unit awards.
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