The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents a discussion of “The Weather at War” from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011, in the C. Walsh Theatre.

The Pentagon has declared U.S. dependence on fossil fuels a security threat, and its primary planning document acknowledges the instability and conflict that climate change will create.

In response, the CIA has opened a new Center for Climate Change; the Navy and Marines have committed to reducing carbon use; and the Army is creating carbon-neutral bases.

The Ford Hall Forum's Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Lecture brings together the following experts to discuss why the weather is suddenly a national security issue:

•Rachel Kleinfeld, Ph.D., CEO and president of the Truman National Security Project
•Carl Ferenbach, chairman of the board of the Environmental Defense Fund
•Massachusetts Rep. Harold Naughton, an Iraq War veteran
Ford Hall Forum Clerk Jack Wrobel will serve as moderator.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.