A Changing Security Landscape – U.S. Military Response to the Next Emerging Challenge

On December 4th, retired flag and general officers explored the military response to climate change. The speakers provided insight on the DoD’s strategic planning process, and discussed how America’s security community can stay ahead of the curve to avoid surprises. As policymakers debate the causes of climate change, the security community is focused on understanding how its impact on resources, natural disasters, and fragile societies affect America’s defense, intelligence, and development missions at home and abroad.

This event follows the release of a bipartisan policy statement signed by 38 national security and public policy authorities highlighting the security implications of climate change and calling for critical strategic investments in mitigation and adaptation activities.


BG Gerald E. Galloway, Jr. (Ret.)

Brigadier General Gerald E. Galloway, Jr. served for 38 years as a combat engineer, civil engineer, and a military educator in various command and staff assignments in Germany, Southeast Asia, and the United States before retiring in 1995. He is currently a Glenn L. Martin Institute professor of Engineering and an affiliate professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland where his research focuses on disaster risk management and the impacts of climate change in the U.S. and internationally. From 1994 to 1995, he was assigned to the White House to lead a committee in assessing the causes of the 1993 Mississippi River Flood. In 2006 he chaired an Interagency National Levee Policy Review Team. Since 2010 he has served on the Governor of Louisiana’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection and Restoration.


VADM Lee F. Gunn (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn (Ret.) served for 35 years in the U.S. Navy. His last active duty assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy where he was responsible for the Department’s overall inspection program and its assessments of readiness, training, and quality of service. Serving in the Surface Navy in a variety of theaters, Gunn rose through the cruiser/destroyer force to command the Frigate USS Barbey, then commanded the Navy’s anti-submarine warfare tactical and technical evaluation Destroyer squadron, DESRON 31. He later commanded Amphibious Group Three. As Commander of PHIBGRU THREE, he served as the Combined Naval Forces Commander and Deputy Task Force Commander of Combined Task Force United Shield, which conducted the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeeping forces from Somalia.


GEN Gordon R. Sullivan,  (Ret.)

General Gordon Sullivan  served as Army Chief of Staff from 1991 to 1995. During his tenure as Chief of Staff, Sullivan presided over fundamental transformations in the Army following the liberation of Kuwait. He oversaw new peacekeeping missions across the globe, and led the Army into the information age. He retired from active service in 1995, and now serves at the President of the Association of the United States Army.