The US Military’s Approach to Environmental and Energy Security

Sherri Goodman, Director, CNA (Center for Naval Analyses)

Recorded Jan. 31, 2013, in Mayser Gymnasium.

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Sherri Goodman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of CNA and serves as Executive Director of the Military Advisory Board for CNA’s National Security and the Threat of Climate Change project.

From 1993-2001 Ms. Goodman was Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security), serving as the chief environmental, safety, and occupational health officer for the Department of Defense. In this position she was responsible for over $5 billion in annual defense spending including programs on energy efficiency and climate change, cleanup at active and closing bases, compliance with environmental laws, environmental cooperation with foreign militaries, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. She has twice received the DoD medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Gold Medal from the National Defense Industrial Association, and EPA’s Climate Change Award.

As an attorney, Ms. Goodman practiced law at Goodwin Procter and served on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee, working for the Chairman, Sen. Sam Nunn, on oversight of the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons research, development, production and environmental remediation efforts, as well as on ratification of nuclear arms control treaties. She has also worked at RAND and SAIC.

Ms. Goodman serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council of the US, the National Academy of Sciences’ Energy & Environmental Systems Board, the Marshall Legacy Institute, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on its task force, Confronting Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Foreign Policy.

Articles written by Ms. Goodman have been published in The Washington Post, The National Interest and Defense News, and she has appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, BBC, Discovery’s Planet Green Channel, and This Week in Defense News. She has also testified before numerous committees of the US Senate and House on climate change, energy security, national security and environmental security.

Ms. Goodman is the author of The Neutron Bomb Controversy: A Study in Alliance Politics. (New York: Praeger, 1983). She has been an Adjunct Lecturer in International Affairs and Security at the Kennedy School of Government and was an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School’s Center for Science and International Affairs.

Ms. Goodman received a J.D. cum laude from the Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Amherst College.

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