Rear Adm. David Titley (ret.): The nation’s defense is at stake

Former Naval Oceanography Operations Command

“I don’t believe in climate change. I’m convinced by the evidence.”

Retired Rear Adm. David Titley says, very straightforwardly, that we need to worry about climate change, “because literally the nation’s defense is at stake.” Titley became oceanographer and navigator of the Navy and director of Task Force Climate Change in 2009.

Titley was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Commissioning Program in 1980 and served more than 10 years at sea. He is the founding director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University, and speaks frequently on the importance of climate change in relation to national security.

Titley received his Master of Science degree in meteorology and physical oceanography and doctorate in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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