Forum At Florida Southern To Address Climate Change And National Security

Nov 10, 2014

by Staff

Florida Southern College will be the host site on Nov. 19 for a forum about a pressing security issue facing the U.S. military – climate change. Two accomplished and highly decorated retired U.S. Army lieutenant generals will lead the discussion. 

The forum, “Climate Change: Risks for National Security,” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 19 in the Hollis Room on the FSC campus. It is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the American Security Project in cooperation with FSC, the discussion will be led by Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy and Lt. Gen. Donald Kerrick, who have served in advisory capacities to government officials at the highest levels. Their discussion will focus on how climate change is already a major consideration for military planners and creating new threats to national security, despite the ongoing debates of policy makers.

Lt. Gen. Kennedy was the first woman to achieve the rank of three-star general in the United States Army. She served as the senior intelligence officer for U.S. Forces Command, deputy commanding general for the Army Intelligence Center and School, and completed her Army career as the deputy chief of staff for intelligence. She serves on the board of directors of the American Security Project.

Lt. Gen. Kerrick, a 1971 graduate and former member of the board of trustees of Florida Southern, was director of European affairs for the National Security Council, director of operations for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and served as deputy national security advisor to President Bill Clinton.

“The urgency of the issue of climate change takes on added significance in connection with our national security,” said Dr. Kyle Fedler, FSC provost. “We are fortunate to have two military officers with such depth of knowledge help the community understand how this issue will affect our armed forces.&rdquo About the American Security Project…


The American Security Project (ASP) is a nonpartisan organization created to educate the American public and the world about the changing nature of national security in the 21st century. It conducts research on a broad range of issues and engages and empowers the American public by taking its findings directly to them via events, traditional and new media, meetings, and publications.