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Dr. Scott Thomas is a Senior Scientist with Stetson Engineers in San Rafael, California, and an Assistant Research Professor with the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. He specializes in adaptive management, water resources planning, and scenario-based studies. His research interests include methods to improve the effectiveness of natural resource planning and environmental management by the military and other government agencies. Dr. Thomas, a retired lieutenant colonel, served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years, including leadership and staff positions in air defense control, logistics, and civil affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology and Public Policy from George Mason University.
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Authored by Dr. Scott Thomas, Mr. David Kerner.
National Security relies heavily on the ready availability of energy resources in the types, quantities, and locations the military demands. While U.S. energy needs are currently met, the shrinking gap between global supply and demand draws the world closer to a tipping point at which human behavior is less predictable, competition overwhelms social and geopolitical normalizing forces, and conflict becomes more likely and more pronounced. Given concerns about future resource availability, DoD would be well served by devising and implementing a sustainable, resilient energy strategy that addresses current projections and adapts to evolving conditions.