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The Jackson Hole Global Forum 2020

Climate Change and National Security

March 16-17, Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Global Forum: Climate and National Security will bring U.S. and global military leaders, security professionals, business executives, and policy leaders to advance policy and business steps that respond to the security implications of a changing climate. 


Consistent with advice of recent Defense Secretary James Mattis, who argued for a “whole-of-government response” to climate change, the Forum will assess and identify ways to prepare for climate change risks to national and global security; and examine forward-looking climate action and steps to support partner nation resilience to climate change risks. 


Through sessions that examine climate and security through global, national, and local lens, the Forum will strengthen public awareness and political support to respond.   Specifically, the key insights and recommendations resulting from the Forum and related dialogues will contribute to policymaking discussion at the national level with the U.S. Senate. 


Anticipated policy recommendations will be how national, state, and local level leaders can mitigate the risks of climate change to critical infrastructure and military installations and surrounding communities, and what this means for military readiness, national security, and global engagement.


Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis (Ret.)

  • 26th U.S Secretary of Defense

  • Retired USMC General

  • Served in Persian Gulf War, War in Afghanistan, Iraq War

Jimmy Chin

  • Mountaineer

  • Photographer

  • Academy Award Winning Filmmaker

  • Instagram - Black Circle
march 16, DAY 1: RISKS
Managing & preparing for the unavoidable

Jackson Hole Global Forum Welcome

  • Governor Mark Gordon, Wyoming Governor (proposed)

9 - 9:15 am


  • Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Gen. Jim Mattis (Ret.) (invited)

9:15 - 9:45 am

State: Risks, Impacts and Future Scenarios in Wyoming

  • Maj. Gen. Gregory Porter (WY Adjutant General) (proposed)

  • Lt. Gen. Arlen Jameson, USAF (Ret.) (proposed)

  • Lisa McGee, Executive Director, Wyoming Outdoor Council (proposed)

  • Mark Newcomb, Teton County Commissioner 

9:45 - 10:45 am

National: Military and Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability in the U.S.

  • Hon. John Conger, CEO, Center for Climate and Security

  • Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (Ret.) (invited)

  • Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, USN (Ret) (proposed)

  • Alice Hill, Fmr. Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council (proposed)

11 - 12 pm 

Lunch Address

  • TBD

12 - 1 pm 

Regional: The U.S. is a Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Nation

  • (U.S.) Admiral Sam J. Locklear, USN (Ret.) (proposed)

  • (U.S.) Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) (proposed)

  • (Norway) Katarzyna Zysk, Deputy Director, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (proposed)

  • Hon. Sherri Goodman, Fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense 

1 - 2 pm 

International: UN, NATO, COCOMS

  • (NATO) Hon. Rose Gottemoeller, Fmr. Deputy Secretary-General (proposed)

  • (NATO) Benedetta Berti-Alberti, Head, Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary-General (proposed)

  • (U.S.) Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) (proposed)

  • (U.S.) Rear Admiral, David Titley, USN (Ret.) (proposed)

2:15 - 3:15 pm 

Cascading Disasters and the Globalization of Hazards from Local to Global

  • Hon. Richard Holwill, Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador 

  • Rear Admiral Len Hering Sr., USN (Ret) (proposed)

  • US Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander VADM Linda Fagan (proposed)

  • Lukas Haynes, Executive Director, DR Fund (proposed)

3:15 - 4:15pm 

Cocktail Reception

4:30 - 6 pm 

Private Dinner Gatherings

6:30 - 8 pm 

march 17, dAY 2: Opportunities
A Climate Security Plan for America


  • Jimmy Chin, Mountaineer and Academy Award Winner (proposed)

9 - 9:30 am

State: Wyoming Climate Solutions

  • Fmr. Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer (proposed)

  • Rob Godby, University of Wyoming  (proposed)

  • Phil Cameron, Executive Director, Energy Conservation Works (proposed)

  • Kara B. Fornstrom, Chair, Wyoming Public Utilities Commission (proposed)

9:30 - 10:30 am

National: Climate Security Plan for America

  • Hon. John Conger, CEO, Center for Climate and Security

  • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.) (proposed)

  • Hon. Sherri Goodman, Fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense

10:45 - 11:45 am 

Lunch Address

  • TBD

11:45 - 12:45 pm 

Regional: Preparedness and Collaboration in the Pacific, Atlantic, Carribean, and Arctic

  • (U.S.) Lt. Commander Oliver-Leighton Barrett, USN (Ret.) (proposed)

  • (France) Dr. Nicolas Regaud, Special Representative to the Indo-Pacific of the Director-General for International Relations and Strategy, French Ministry of Armed Forces (proposed)

  • (Fiji) Col. Sapenafa Motufaga, Military Advisor, Permanent Mission of Fiji to the United Nations (proposed)

  • (New Zealand) Jane Nielsen, Senior Analyst, Climate Change and Security, Policy Branch, New Zealand Ministry of Defence (proposed)

1 2:45 - 1:45 pm 

International: Military Council on Climate and Security

  • (Netherlands) General Tom Middendorp (proposed)

  • (U.S.) Hon. Sherri Goodman, Fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense

  • (Germany) Major General Oliver Kohl, Commandant, Bundeswehr Command and Staff College, German Armed Forces (proposed)

  • (Mauritania) Brigadier General Mohamed Znagui Sid’Ahmed Ely, Mauritanian Armed Forces (proposed)

2 - 3 pm 

Collaboration - from Local to Global

  • David Wendt, President, Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs

  • Dr. Marcus King, Director of the Master of Arts in International Affairs Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University (proposed)

  • Hon. John Conger, CEO, Center for Climate and Security

3:15 - 4:15pm 








Shelby Davis

Ross and Christine Hartley

Jay Varley

John and Ann Willott

The Wort Hotel


Center for Climate and Security

The Center for Climate and Security, a non-partisan institute of the Council on Strategic Risks, has a team and distinguished Advisory Board of security and military experts. CCS envisions a climate-resilient world which recognizes that climate change threats to security are already significant and unprecedented, and acts to address those threats in a manner that is commensurate to their scale, consequence and probability.

In light of an increase in threats to security exacerbated by the effects of a changing climate, CCS develops policies that will adequately manage unavoidable effects on security and help to avoid effects on security that would be unmanageable or unpredictable. This includes developing robust policies that seek to reduce the scope and scale of climate change in order to avoid unmanageable or unpredictable threats.  CCS also develops robust adaptation policies that seek to manage the unavoidable, or “locked in” threats to security resulting from a changing climate.


CCS has focused its efforts on translating the U.S. national security consensus on climate change it built in the years leading up to 2017 – as represented in our Climate Security Consensus Project, the CSAG Briefing Book for a New Administration and “Responsibility to Prepare” framework, - into a broader political base of support for climate and security issues.

Forum Advisors

Hon. John Conger, CEO, Center for Climate and Security

Francesco Femia, Co Founder, Center for Climate and Security

Lukas Haynes, Executive Director, David Rockefeller Fund

Hon. Richard Holwill, Former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador

Lt. General Arlen Jameson, USAF (Ret.) 

Caitlin Werrell, Co Founder, Center for Climate and Security