Climate, Energy, and National Security:
Meeting the Environmental Information Challenge

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

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8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and Introduction
Nancy Colleton, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies;
    Executive Director, Alliance for Earth Observations
9:05 – 9:25 Environmental Information for Sound Decision Making
Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., Senior Advisor for Climate Change, U.S. Department
    of the Interior, for The Honorable David J. Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S.
    Department of the Interior - View remarks | View imagery (~8 MB)
9:25 - 9:45 Understanding America’s Climate Choices
The Honorable Alan Mollohan (D-WV), Chair, Subcommittee on
    Commerce, Science, and Related Agencies, Committee on
    Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives - View remarks
9:45—10:15 Global Change, Global Opportunities
Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room; Founder and CEO, SunEdison
10:15—10:35 Break
10:35—10:45 New Demands for Environmental Information
Monica Medina, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere,
    NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
10:45—12:00 Panel 1: Responding to the Urgency of Climate Change—The New Information Demands and the Melting Arctic

Moderator: Sherri Goodman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and
                  Board Secretary, CNA

      ==> Julie Gourley, Senior Arctic Official of the United States, Bureau of
            Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S.
            Department of State
      ==> Robert Huebert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political
            Science; Associate Director, The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies,
            University of Calgary
      ==> Martin Jeffries, Ph.D., Program Director, Arctic Observing
            Network, Division of Arctic Sciences, Office of Polar Programs
            National Science Foundation
      ==> Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Ph.D., Oceanographer and Navigator of
            the Navy; Director, Task Force Climate Change, U.S. Navy
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Luncheon Program (Sponsored by Northrop Grumman)

Remarks and introduction by: Mr. Ray Kolibaba, Vice President,
Civil Strategic Initiatives, Northrop Grumman Corporation - View remarks

A European Perspective on Climate, Energy, and National Security by
Mr. Vouter Weening, Co-Founder & President, Institute for
Environmental Security; Chair of the IUCN/CEC Specialist Group
on Environmental Security - View remarks
2:00 – 3:15 Panel 2: Monitoring Carbon
This panel will look at the emerging demands for carbon measurement,
monitoring, and management, and examine how the US plans to meet the
increasing demand for carbon monitoring.

Moderator: Phil DeCola, Chief Science Officer, Sigma Space Corporation

      ==> David J. Dean, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Office of the Undersecretary
            for Science, Department of Energy
      ==> Jack A. Kaye, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research, Earth Science,
            Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
      ==> Ralph Keeling, Director, CO2 Program, Scripps Institution of
      ==> Michael Woelk, President and Chief Executive Officer, Picarro
3:15 – 3:40 Break
3:40 – 5:00 Panel 3: Supporting a Broader U.S. Climate and Energy Strategy
Does the United States have the tools it needs to support the national
strategy and investment?

Moderator: Jim Lewis, Ph.D., Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public
                  Policy Programs, CSIS

      ==> Jim Ludes, Ph.D., Executive Director, American Security Project (ASP)
      ==> Melinda C. Marquis, Ph.D., Renewable Energy Project Manager,
            Earth Systems Research Laboratory, NOAA
      ==> Neil E. Rondorf, Vice President, Maritime Renewables,
            Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
      ==> TW Scott, Vice President, Mission Operations and Services, Raytheon
            Intelligence and Information Systems
      ==> Compton (Jim) Tucker, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Observations Working Group, U.S.
            Global Change Research Program
5:00 – 5:30 Moving forward with National Priorities
This portion of the program will provide summary of the panels as recorded
and presented by one or more Alliance for Earth Observations

Steve Moran, Director, Business Development, Space and Environmental Mission
    Solutions, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems
Richard Ohlemacher, Civil Systems, Northrop Grumman
    Aerospace Systems

Book author Andrew Winston (right) moderates a panel with ESRI's Lawrie Jordan (middle) and IBM's Richard Lechner (left) on the private sector's opportunity to respond to the emerging demand for environmental information. Forum III (2009).

Ice Shelves Retreat on Ellesmere Island. NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.