This week’s guest is such an influencer in her sphere of expertise that I cannot do her bio justice. Sherri Goodman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute. She is rightfully credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials—including my late boss, Senator John Warner—about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier,” to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic. A former first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) and staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organizations on environmental and energy matters, national security, and public policy.
Recently, the Department of Defense and the intelligence agencies released reports detailing the extreme threats to national security that we face due to unmitigated climate change. You won’t want to miss Sherri’s take on how climate change continues to be a threat multiplier when it comes to our national security.