Enhancing U.S. Resilience to Climate Change

This week, Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment, and Allison Riley, Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, join Morgan Higman, Fellow in the Energy Security and Climate Change program, to discuss climate preparedness strategies of the U.S. Army and state and local governments.


Paul W. Farnan is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. In this role, he is the principal deputy advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army on all matters related to Installation policy and oversight and the coordination of energy security and management. He is also responsible for policy and oversight of sustainability and environmental initiatives and resource management.

Dr. Allison Coffey Reilly is a civil engineer specializing in risk and resilience of infrastructure systems.  She is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Her work focuses on characterizing the interplay between the resilience of infrastructure and individual decision-making. Her recent projects include examination of investment decisions by managers of interdependent infrastructure systems and the Evolution of vulnerability of communities facing repeated hazards.

Morgan Higman

Morgan Higman

Former Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program