Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey frames this discussion by positing that future policy must make energy must be as secure as possible, as cheap as possible, and as clean as possible.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, Reagan National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, and former Asst. Secretary of Energy Michael Davis discuss what must be done to reach a workable policy for energy security.
J Michael Davis
Mike Davis is the Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
In this role, Davis is responsible for ensuring that PNNL delivers outstanding science and technology solutions to the most important energy and environment issues facing the nation and the Department of Energy. At the highest levels, the Energy and Environment Directorate and its roughly 1,000 staff members are responsible for contributing the research, development and deployment to increase the nation's energy capacity, reduce dependence on imported oil and reduce the environmental effects of legacy waste and energy use.
The directorate conducts about $200 million of business annually for government and industrial clients.
Robert C. McFarlane
Robert C. McFarlane serves as the Chairman of Energy and Communications Solutions, LLC, a developer of energy and communications infrastructure projects in emerging markets, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Mr. McFarlane was the National Security Advisor under President Reagan from 1983-1985. In 1971 he was named a White House Fellow and served in the Office of Legislative Affairs in the White House. Following that assignment he became Military Assistant to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.
Near the end of this five-year assignment to the White House he was appointed by President Ford as his Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corp's highest peacetime military decoration. In 1981 he was appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Counselor to the Department of State. In 1982 President Reagan appointed Mr. McFarlane as his Deputy National Security Advisor.
In 1983 he was appointed by the President as his Special Representative in the Middle East. Following that assignment he returned to the White House and was appointed to the Reagan Cabinet as National Security Advisor.
Robert McFarlane retired from government as President Reagan's National Security Advisor in 1985. Following his retirement, Mr. McFarlane founded his own company, Global Energy Investors (GEl), a developer of energy infrastructure projects in Asia and South America.
He is a co-founder (with Dr. Henry Kissinger) and Vice Chair of the America-China Society, serves on the Board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the White House Fellows Foundation, and has been a member of the Boards of The Travelers, Dillon Read (France Fund), and Church & Dwight.
George Elmer Pataki
George Elmer Pataki, born June 24, 1945, is an American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York serving three consecutive four-year terms from January 1, 1995 until December 31, 2006.
He is a member of the Republican Party and was seen as a possible 2000 and 2008 Presidential candidate.
Robert James Woolsey
R. James Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and former United States Director of Central Intelligence, heading the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Specializing in a range of alternative energy and security issues, Woolsey serves in various capacities at VantagePoint Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group and the law firm Goodwin Procter. Previously, he was a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and a partner at the law firm Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Including his Central Intelligence tenure, Woolsey served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, holding presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, under secretary of the Navy, general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and part-time delegate at large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I).
Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and nonprofit advisory boards, chairing several, and has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. He is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy, and intelligence. Having received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, Woolsey earned a master's degree at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale Law School.
J. Michael Davis, Associate Laboratory Director at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, explains that while the government has funded and developed alternative energy technologies for years, there have been very few efforts to actually implement them.
James Woolsey, energy and climate change advisor to Senator John McCain, likens the transition to alternative energies to several other similar historical transitions, showing that it is not as difficult as some people think.