U.S. Pacific Command Pacific Environmental Security Conference

  • October 10, 2011
  • COL Douglas Charney, COL Philip D Jones, COL Cheryl A Ludwa, Mr Todd M Wheeler

The United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) enlisted the Center for Strategic Leadership's National Security Issues Group to develop a conference to discuss regional environmental security issues. The Pacific Environmental Security Conference (PESC) was held on March 14-17, 2011, just four days following Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. This international event set the tone for the importance of the conference and exemplified the value of international, civil-military cooperation in all phases of disaster management. The conference focused on four broad topic areas: Environmental Security and Sustainability, Water Resources Management, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Disaster Preparedness. The primary aim of the conference was to review the major environmental security issues facing the region and engage in a policy-oriented dialogue that examined joint civil-military environmental security efforts.