US Military Leads on Climate Change

This post originally appeared as an Op-Ed in The Hill on March 11, 2014.

By Lt. Gen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret) and Rear Adm. David Titley, USN (Ret)

As the just-released 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review affirms, the U.S. military considers climate change a threat to national security. Yet after Secretary of State John Kerry spoke in Jakarta, Indonesia, comparing climate change to other transnational security threats, his remarks were considered by some in the media as extraordinary.

The truth is that the U.S. military reached this conclusion long ago.

 

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CPI Roundtable: Precision Agriculture

Crockett Policy Institute (CPI) recently hosted a roundtable discussion on Precision Agriculture at the Obion County Library in Union City, TN. The panel discussed new technology which will assist farming operations in the future, as well as putting highly trained soldiers, who have returned to rural America, back to work in precision agriculture with the Soldier 2 Civilian program. The conversation centered on the similarities of various military equipment and the latest farming implements. 

See below for the full conversation with the following panelists:

  • Moderator, Dr. Jerry Gresham, Retired Dean, College of Agriculture and Applied Science, University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Lt. General (Ret.) John Castellaw, USMC; President, Crockett Policy Institute
  • Ben Moore, Dresden farmer
  • Brad Thompson, Martin, TN Director of Community Development
  • Dr. Todd A. Winters, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and Professor of Animal Sciences at The University of Tennessee at Martin
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CPI Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Common Core Standards

The academic achievement gap in Tennessee is a drag on economic development and a threat to America's national security. Research over the past several years has shown that the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in today's workforce are much greater than the skills and knowledge that were needed to be successful in the workforce twenty years ago. For example, seven of the ten fastest growing occupations in Tennessee today require some type of post-secondary degree. Quite frankly, Tennessee's labor force is not prepared for those jobs.  In addition, 3 out of 4 of 17-24 year olds in America are ineligible to enlist in the military, many due to educational deficiencies.  Tennessee must do better.

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Egypt: The Realities On The Ground

American Security Project's Flashpoint Blog leads with an update from Egypt, where CPI President Lieutenant General John “Glad” Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) recently joined ASP CEO Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.) on the ground in Tahrir Square.

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Pre-K Benefits Stick

Memphis Commercial Appeal published the following letter from CPI President General John Castellaw.

By John G. Castellaw, Lieutenant General, US Marine Corps (Retired) – As one of 200 retired general and flag officers who strongly support a new state-federal early learning proposal as a matter of national security, I read the October 17 guest column, “Prekindergarten hasn’t met expectations” with great disappointment.

A real tragedy is that three out of every four young Americans between 17 and 24 cannot meet the requirements for military service many because they are academically unprepared; three out of four!

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Military and National Security Leaders Agree - time to support the first-step agreement with Iran

The following statement is from American Security Project, where CPI President Castellaw serves on the Board of Directors.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, leading military and national security experts released a statement on the need to support the first-step P5+1 agreement with Iran.

The leaders, who form part of The American Security Project's Consensus for American Security, noted that "resolving the Iranian nuclear threat through diplomacy is far better than the alternative" and that "we should give this initial deal a chance to succeed while the international community closely monitors Iranian compliance, and works to achieve a resolution to the Iranian nuclear program."

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WMC-TV: Local companies work together to help veterans find jobs

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -

Soldier to civilian -- oftentimes a tough transition for many military personnel.

"Some get jobs through job fairs while in the military, other refer some of their buddies," said Retired Lt. General John Castellaw of the Crockett Policy Institute.

Castellaw says veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have learned firsthand how important it is to reduce our dependence on traditional energy resources.

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Let's Say No to Farming Out Our National Security

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in The Commercial Appeal on February 8th, 2013.

America moves forward when people from different backgrounds work together to achieve a common goal. Recently, the agricultural and business communities have joined the military on a mission for a common goal: developing advanced biofuels that can supply our armed services with new made-in-America fuel sources.

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Vouchers will hurt public schools

This post originally appeared in The Tennessean on January 13th, 2013.

The Tennessee legislature opened a new session this past week amid intense speculation over possible legislative initiatives. Many challenges are facing our legislators in this coming session, but none is more important than continuing to improve our children’s education by supporting our local public schools.

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Forget Patraeus scandal, focus on real issues

This post originally appeared in The Tennessean on November 18th, 2012

It is heartbreaking for me as a military professional to see the spectacle swirling around Gen. David Petraeus as his years of honorable service dissolve into long, drawn-out, tawdry depictions of his extramarital affair in the national media. Our fixation on this event has diverted the focus we need for other efforts. Enough is enough; we need to leave voyeurism behind, move on to real issues, and solve the critical problems facing America.

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