R. James Woolsey: Environmental Policy and National Security

Conversations with History - R. James Woolsey

R. James Woolsey; former Director of Central Intelligence

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey for a discussion of the linkages between oil dependence, climate change and national security. Woolsey discusses his involvement in the anti war and civil rights movements in the 1960's. He analyzes the end of the Cold War and the problem of shifting paradigms in national security. Focusing on energy and climate change, he recalls the origins of his focus on environmental issues and describes the opportunities and constraints in the portfolio of options that would transform energy dependency into self sufficiency while addressing the problem of climate change. Finally, Woolsey reflects on the possibilities for a broad based coalition that includes national security hawks and environmental activists confronting the environmental challenges that threaten America's national interest.

Key Words: National Security, Environment, Climate Change, CIA, National Security, Intelligence
R. James Woolsey
Publication date: 
December 7, 2010
Publication type: 
Conversations with History