Building Greater Resiliency for U.S. National Security

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COVID-19 underscores what national security experts, scientists, and researchers have long known—human well-being is intimately connected to the health of the planet, and a shock can reverberate far beyond one community’s borders. The impacts of climate change—from increased heat and record-breaking drought to extreme rainfall and stronger storms—are already exacting a toll on human life and well-being. Without changing how we plan for our future and address risks, tragedies like Hurricane Harvey and the 2018 Camp Fire will become commonplace. Building resilience will require taking a big picture approach to address all facets of risks and thinking in terms of a portfolio of solutions. It also requires that we better understand how communities respond to and perceive risk. So how can we arm decision-makers with the tools needed to prioritize actions? How do we improve transparency and communication of risk data to help set incentives and regulations at all levels of decision-making? And who should pay for the upfront costs or bear the financial consequences of being unprepared?


Chris Field

Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Alice Hill

Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Les Williams

Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Risk Cooperative


The Honorable Carlos Curbelo

Former Congressman (R-FL-26)

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