Climate Change and Energy Security Briefing

Date: February 28, 2011

Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E St. NW

DC, Washington 20004


Climate Change and Energy Security: British and American Military Perspectives

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy & Climate cordially invites you to a briefing by Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the United Kingdom’s Climate and Energy Security Envoy, and Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Vice Chairman, CNA Military Advisory Board.

February 28, 2011
4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Reception to follow.

RSVP: Registration is required for this event. Space is limited. Please send name, organization, phone and email to David Catarious,, by Feb. 25.


Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti

Admiral Neil Morisetti is an active duty senior military officer and serves as the United Kingdom’s Climate and Energy Security Envoy. Promoted to Rear Admiral in November 2005, Neil Morisetti was appointed Commander UK Maritime Force, the Royal Navy’s standing Maritime Component Commander, a position he held until July 2007.  During this period he spent much of his time in the Middle East and acted as the NATO High Readiness Force Maritime Commander.  From September 2007 until August 2009 he was Commandant of the Joint Services Command and Staff College, responsible for providing post graduate education to officers of 60 nations. In September 2009 he assumed the new, cross-government post of Climate and Energy Security Envoy for the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti joined the Royal Navy in 1976.  After initial training and university (Environmental Sciences), he held various appointments at sea before, in 1986, assuming command of HMS CYGNET, a member of the Northern Ireland Squadron.  Subsequent commands have included HMS CARDIFF (twice, firstly in 1993-1994 and again for eighteen months from December 1999, as the Captain Fifth Destroyer Squadron) and the aircraft carrier HMS INVINCIBLE.  During his fifteen months in this ship, she deployed in the Maritime Strike role and acted as the Flagship to the Trafalgar 200 Fleet Review, before paying-off in August 2005.  His staff appointments include three Ministry of Defence tours, in the Resources and Plans area, and as Director TOPMAST he was responsible for developing the manpower system for the Future Navy.


Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn served 35 years with the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer and national security strategist. His last assignment with the Navy was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs at the Pentagon, where he oversaw the development of future U.S. Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, responsible for some 50 million square miles of the eastern and northern Pacific Ocean. As Third Fleet Commander, he was recognized for leading great advances in operational innovation, rapid prototyping of sea-based information technology, and international naval force experimentation and coordination.

Admiral McGinn serves as co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board, a director of the National Conference on Citizenship, a senior policy advisor to the American Council on Renewable Energy and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a widely recognized energy and national security expert, who has interviewed with major news networks and national journalists. He is regularly asked to participate in public forums and provide background for newspaper articles and opinion pages across the country. 

Admiral McGinn previously served as chairman of the board of directors of the U.S. Naval Institute and as a commissioner on the National Commission on Disabled Veterans' Benefits in Washington, D.C. He received a B.S. degree in naval engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.


The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate is an initiative of the Pew Environment Group and is dedicated to highlighting the critical linkages among national security, energy independence, the economy and climate change. The Pew Project brings together military, security and scientific experts to examine new strategies for combating climate change, protecting our national security, increasing our energy independence and preserving our nation's natural resources.

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