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Public Programs: Veterans Day Program Lecture - “International Environmental Security: What in the World is Worth Fighting For” with Dr. W. Chris King

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Please join us for our Veterans Day Program Lecture, “International Environmental Security: What in the World is Worth Fighting For,” presented by Dr. W. Chris King, Dean at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm this Thursday, November 6.

After the talk, there will be a student dinner with Dr. King from 6:15 to 7:15 pm in Treasure Room, Baker Library. Register here for the dinner. 

Environmental security concerns itself with the human-induced changes to the Earth’s environment that threaten the peace and security of the world. Dr. W. Chris King, Dean at US Army Command and General Staff College, will discuss how environmental issues become security and defense concerns. Preventing future disasters and ensuring environmental security will be critical to securing peace, the existence of stable human conditions that provide for basic human dignity. 

Dr. W. Chris King

Dr. W. Chris King serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff. Dr. King earned his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee in 1988. Dr. King has authored two books, and 15 book chapters with his most recent manuscript being, Understanding International Environmental Security: A Strategic Military Perspective. He has published more than 30 journal articles and scientific reports, and lectured at more than 50 professional conferences, including the technical sessions of the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009.

Dr. King won both the American Academy of Environmental Engineering Honor Award in 1992 for his work on the Kuwait health risk assessment and the Army Science Award for outstanding research for his work in geophysical remote sensing. In 2000, he completed his M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College. Dr. King is a licensed professional engineer and is board certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers with a specialty in hazardous waste management. He is a founding member of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change. He retired from active duty after 34 years of commissioned service at the rank of Brigadier General.

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