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Defense Department moving towards energy independence for two main reasons, says Ecospherics president

The Department of Defense (DoD) is making new investments in reducing operational energy demand. The defense secretary’s senior climate advisor, Joseph Bryan, says understanding climate change is important to national security and the Pentagon as a whole. Sharon Burke, president of Ecospherics and former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, said […]


Incoming Pentagon officials advised to “focus on three things” before starting

Three Biden administration nominees are closer to taking their seats in the Pentagon after a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday: Susanna Blume for director of cost assessment and program evaluation (CAPE), Heidi Shyu for under secretary of defense for research and engineering and Frank Kendall for Air Force secretary. Bill Greenwalt, former Deputy Under […]


More balanced perspective necessary for success in Arctic, says former Pentagon official

New satellite images show the Russian military is refitting old Soviet bases in the Arctic and building new ones. One reason for the activity is ice melt from climate change. Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor at New America, said the United States’ Arctic strategy should take into consideration climate change’s long-term impact on the world as […]


Biden administration prioritizes return for middle class in national security approach

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says the new stimulus bill is the cornerstone for the administration’s National Security Strategy. That strategy is starting to take shape already with the release of the administration’s National Security Strategic Guidance recently. Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor at New America, said what’s new about this administration’s strategy is that they […]


Addressing the national security implications of climate change

Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor at New America, discusses climate change as a national security issue and its impact on the military


Reducing reliance on China for rare earth minerals

Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor at New America, discusses the United States’ dependency on China for rare earth minerals and the need to increase production of these materials elsewhere


Resource competition between the United States and China

Sharon Burke, senior advisor at New America, discusses New America’s natural security index, and the competition the United States faces with China.


Executing the National Defense Strategy at the Pentagon

Sharon Burke, senior adviser at New America, discusses the National Defense Strategy, and the important roles the military and diplomacy play abroad.

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