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John Conger

Director Emeritus, Center for Climate and Security

John Conger
John Conger is a Senior Advisor to the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) and Director Emeritus of CSR’s Center for Climate and Security. He is the former U.S. Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment).
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The Pentagon’s New Climate Plan Aims to Manage the Unavoidable

The new plan has considerably more specificity, requirements, objectives, and metrics than we had in 2014.

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What Would a Climate-Focused DoD Budget Look Like?

It’d be less about what we spend and more about how we spend the money we already have.

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Protecting US Bases Increasingly Requires Hardening Civilian Infrastructure

Congress needs to fund its Defense Community Infrastructure Program, and the military needs to think beyond its gates.

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DoD is Losing the Budget Endgame

Lawmakers have prioritized tax cuts, and now there’s just one way left for the defense budget to recover.

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Can Trump’s Defense Department Get More For Less?

If the administration’s version of defense reform is to succeed, it must focus on a few key principles.

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The Military Value of the Defense Department’s Energy Efforts

As the Trump administration reviews climate and energy policies, they should do it with a key goal in mind.