Management of Risks and Global Issues

Too often, the energy security debate ignores traditional security matters. While energy policy and technological innovation must play an integral role in improving the nation’s energy security, all aspects of national power, including the military, diplomatic and intelligence services, need to be mobilized.

The Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the various branches of the intelligence community must consciously focus on issues of energy supply as part of their comprehensive pursuit of national security; working in concert, they must develop policies and strategies that protect global infrastructure, secure key geographic transit areas, and mitigate political instability in energy-supplying countries. The national security apparatus can also make a vital contribution by improving the state of energy intelligence data, especially with regard to world reserves of energy.

“I can think of no more pressing threat—aside from global terrorism—than America’s economic and national security dependence on an unpredictable, uncontrollable global petroleum market.” General Charles F. Wald, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)Former Deputy Commander,United States European Command

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