Brigadier Gen. Stephen Cheney, USMC (ret.): 70% of the world’s militaries are preparing for climate change

CEO, American Security Council

“There’s no doubt climate change is a threat to our national security.”

Retired Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney knows the pressures that a changing climate will place on the United States military. Naval bases will have to deal with rising sea levels. The potential for conflict ignited by climate change will increase. And the U.S. military will continue to be among the first responders in the event of natural disasters.

Having served for three decades career in the U.S. Marine Corps, both in staff and command positions, Cheney understands the importance of preparing the U.S. military for this future. He is an advocate for military preparation in the face of climate change threats and a strong voice in the conversation about national security and global warming.

Cheney is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project, a nonpartisan group focused on United States security in the 21st century. He has served on the organization’s board since 2006. He has also acted as a panelist for numerous forums on the topic, including the Association of Climate Change Officers’ 2015 Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium and Climate Week NYC 2014. He has characterized climate change as one of the most critical national security issues of this century.

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