'Global Climate Change and National Security: The Science and the Impact'

March 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Potomac Institute for Policy Studies:

EVENT: The purpose of this Potomac Institute for Policy Studies seminar is to discuss how changes in the climate will affect national security. The seminar features two panels of experts who will discuss the science of climate change and its anticipated impacts on national security. Scientists will set the stage by giving a general background on the current trends in climate change. Addressing both land and glacial ice cap issues, the prominent scientists will outline what changes the national security community and policymakers should expect to see in the coming decades. Speakers from the intelligence community will then consider these developments and address the potential impacts of global climate change on national security.

WHEN: Thursday, March 6, 2008 , 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: The National Press Club, The First Amendment Lounge, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045


8:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

-- Michael S. Swetnam, Chairman & CEO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

-- Dr. Rita Colwell , Chairman, Canon US Life Sciences, Inc., Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Former Director, National Science Foundation; and Member, Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

8:20 a.m. Global Climate Change Science Panel

-- Dr. Thomas Swetnam , Director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Professor of Dendrochronology, The University of Arizona

-- Dr. Waleed Abdalati , Head, Cryospheric Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

-- Dr. Walter Meier , Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

10:00 a.m. National Security Panel

-- Mr. John Gannon , Vice President, Global Analysis, BAE Systems; Former Staff Director, House Homeland Security Committee; Former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council

-- Mr. Timothy Sample , President, Intelligence and National Security Alliance; Former Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Member, Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

RSVPs are required. For further information and registration, please contact Stephanie Tennyson at 703-525-0770 or stennyson[at]potomacinstitute.org.

SOURCE Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

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