John Conger writes in Defense One: “Is Climate Change America’s Greatest Security Threat?”

"President Biden tells a story from early in his tenure as vice president when he and then-President Obama visited the Pentagon and met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the meeting, Biden says, the Joint Chiefs told him that climate change was the greatest threat to American security. He invoked this story again during his recent European visit…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T23:21:22-04:00June 14, 2021|Climate & Environment|

John Conger writes for Climate and Security: “Climate Security: A Tale of Two Defense Hearings”

"Sometimes you want to hear from the very top, and sometimes you want to get into the details. In the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Congress has done both, and each one teaches us something important about the way the Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to deal with climate change early in this Administration…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T19:59:15-04:00June 3, 2021|Climate & Environment|

WestExec Welcomes John Conger, Lawrence J. Gumbiner, and Nick Zimmerman

WestExec Advisors, LLC helps business leaders make the best decisions by advising on geopolitical risk and emerging opportunities. Washington, D.C. – WestExec Advisors is pleased to announce John Conger, Lawrence J. Gumbiner, and Nick Zimmerman have joined its distinguished and growing team. John Conger most recently served as Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the Department of Defense, where he provided advice to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters. Prior to serving as Deputy Comptroller, [...]

2021-05-20T00:00:37-04:00May 20, 2021|Press Releases|

John Conger quoted in Newsweek article, “U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Calls Climate Change ‘an Existential Threat’”

"With the U.S. Department of Defense officially recognizing climate change as an 'existential threat,' adaptive changes to military bases with climate-related vulnerabilities will require location- and objective-based assessments, experts with The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a nonpartisan institute, and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a nonprofit, told Newsweek. "'For them, it is a pragmatic, non-political issue,' CCS Director John Conger, a former comptroller and principal deputy under secretary of defense, told Newsweek. 'It is about protecting their ability [...]

2021-07-20T18:49:50-04:00May 7, 2021|Climate & Environment|
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