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ACCO's 3rd annual Defense, National Security & Climate Change Symposium will focus upon the growing efforts of U.S. defense, intelligence and national security communities on assessing and responding to climate change. With the recent publications of President Obama's executive order, a suite of Federal agency adaptation plans and recommendations from the Hurricane Sandy Task Force, this year's program will specifically address preparedness and resilience and the national security implications of climate change.  The Symposium will also address operational and installation energy considerations and greenhouse gas reduction activities throughout the Department of Defense.

Confirmed Speakers





Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator, D-RI
U.S. Senate


Paul Tonko
Congressman, D-NY
U.S. House of Representatives


Katherine Hammack
Asst. Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)
U.S. Army


Dennis McGinn
Asst. Secretary of the Navy (Installations, Energy & Environment)
U.S. Navy


Jo-Ellen Darcy
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers





Josh Sawislak
Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Infrastructure Resilience
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)


Alice Hill
Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience to the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
White House


Jonathan Powers
Federal Environmental Executive
White House Council on Environmental Quality


Tom Morehouse
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operational Energy Plans and Programs
U.S. Department of Defense


John Conger
Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations & Environment
U.S. Department of Defense





Caitlin Durkovich
Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Daniel Chiu
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy
U.S. Department of Defense


Kristin Jacobs
Broward County, Florida (Member, President's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience)


RADM David Titley (ret.)
Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk
Penn State University


Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney (ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
American Security Project


Vice Admiral Lee Gunn (ret.)
Institute for Public Research


Lt. Gen. John Castellaw (ret.)
Crockett Policy Institute


Margaret Davidson
Acting Director, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


John Englander
Author, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis


Michael Aimone
Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse
U.S. Department of Defense


Olga Dominguez
Assistant Administrator,
Office of Strategic Infrastructure & Senior Sustainability Officer
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


Tim Unruh
Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program
U.S. Department of


Rebecca Patton
Climate Change and Water Resource Policy Program Manager
U.S. Department of Defense


Marc Kodack
Program Manager, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability
U.S. Army


Kristine Kingery
Director, Army Sustainability Policy
U.S. Army


Paul Yaroschak
Deputy for Chemical & Material Risk Management, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment)
Department of Defense


Jeff Marqusee
Chief Scientist, Enterprise Engineering and Environment


Lou Hutchinson
Vice President, Public Sector & Energy Efficiency


Blaine Collison
Director, Green Power Partnerships Program
Environmental Protection Agency


Michael Mondshine
Chief Solutions Architect, Sustainability


Joel Watson
Deputy Team Leader, Global Strategic Impacts Team, Climate Change & Energy Department
United Kingdom


St. Thomas

Smarter Solutions Executive


Maribeth Malloy
Director of Environmental Sustainability and External Engagement
Lockheed Martin


Robert Tritt
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP


Sam Brooks
Associate Director, Department of General Services
District of Columbia


Chris Pyke
Vice President, Research
Green Building Council


Paul Wagner
Senior Ecologist and Branch Chief, Institute for Water Resources
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Melanie Nakagawa
Member, Policy Planning, Office of the Secretary of State
Department of State


Andrew Holland
Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate
American Security Project