Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force (Retd)
Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, John Blackburn, is the Chair of the Institute for Integrated Economic Research-Australia and also a consultant in the field of defence and national security. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, the Institute For Regional Security, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation and the Australian Institute of Energy. He has extensive experience across the fields of strategy, policy, planning, operational command, capability development and material acquisition. He has written on national resilience and preparedness, energy security, economic security, cyber security, defence logistics, defence white papers and fuel security.
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John Blackburn’s climate & security insights
The first duty of Government must be the safety and security of its citizens. Today, the Government is failing to address the growing impacts of climate change and therefore failing to protect its own people.
Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn (RETD)
Former Deputy Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force
As ex-Service members and experienced practitioners of national and international security, we recognise that climate change is a fundamental threat to all Australians.
Admiral Chris Barrie (RETD)
Former Chief of the Defence Force
With some of our closest allies already acting on climate security risks, Australia is being left behind. We call on the Australian Government to urgently undertake a comprehensive Whole-of-Nation Climate and Security Risk Assessment.
Former Director of Preparedness and Mobilisation, Australian Department of Defence
This critical review is a key step to fill the major strategic gap that currently exists in Australia. It is only through understanding the risks posed by climate change that we can then mitigate these clear and present dangers.
Major Michael Thomas (RETD)
Former Major in the Australian Army
It is only through fully understanding the degree of risks posed by climate change that we can form sound solutions to match the speed and scale of the crisis.