Chicago Council on Science & Technology presents
The Multiplication of Threats: Climate Change & the Risks to National Security
The American Security Project, or ASP, is a non-partisan organization devoted to educating the American public about the changing state of national security. The ASP’s position is that true security can no longer be determined by military power alone. The world is a global community, and factors such as economic power, diplomatic skill, and political ideals all play a role in maintaining security. ASP leads the effort by promoting communication and nonpartisanship in America. Today’s issues are far too complex for simple rhetoric and dogma to apply, and it is ASP’s view that the American public deserves healthy discussion instead of the cherry-picking of ideas of earlier years. With a diverse group of CEO’s, former members of congress, retired military generals, and other prominent officials, the group helps to empower the public to make informed, intelligent decisions. Their current focuses include economic competitiveness, climate and energy research, nuclear proliferation, the international sea treaty, and more.
The ASP’s Climate Change and Global Security Index details the current national perspectives around the world on climate change. The Index’s purpose is not to debate climate change, but to focus instead on global views as to whether the subject is either an environmental danger, or a threat to national security. The index reveals that more than 90 percent of countries consider climate change a danger or threat, and more than 70 percent of countries consider it a security threat--including the US, Russia, and China. Such threats include mass human migration, opening of new sea routes, resource shortages, including food and water, and civil unrest. The ASP analyzes nations with an unbiased viewpoint in order to clearly define the issues. The point of the ASP’s efforts is to support a healthy discussion for the betterment of mankind.
Please join Chicago Council on Science and Technology and representatives from ASP for a panel discussion on climate change as it relates to national security and threats to the Midwestern region.
Andrew Holland, American Security Project's Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate
Andrew Holland is the American Security Project’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate. He is a Washington-based expert on energy, climate change, and infrastructure policy. He has over seven years of experience working at the center of debates about how to achieve sustainable energy security and how to effectively address climate change.
Prior to moving into the Think Tank world, he was a Legislative Assistant on Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure for United States Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska from 2006 through 2008. He also has experience working in the US House of Representatives for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Office of Congresswoman Roukema.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Strategy and Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Economics from Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
He is originally from New York City, grew up in New Jersey, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
BGen Stephen Cheney USMC(Ret) is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP). He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. His primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.
Other selected highlights of his military career include tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.
Following retirement from the Marines, he became the Chief Operating Officer for Business Executives for National Security (BENS), in Washington, D.C., and most recently was President/CEO of the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas.
He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the National War College, and the University of Southern California. He was a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, where he is a member. He was appointed to the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board in December, 2013.
He has been on the Board of Directors for ASP since 2006.
C2ST Members FREE / $5 Students / $20 Regular Admission
Discounted parking will be made available to the first 50 attendees at the 222 E. Huron St. garage
5pm Registration / Social Hour