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Marine General to Speak on Energy and National Security at Gerald R. Ford Energy Lecture

August 8, 2012

Three-Star General To Highlight Urgent Need to Cut Over-Dependence On Fossil Fuels

Varnum and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation welcomes three-star Lieutenant General Zilmer (Ret.) to speak on Alternative Energy - A National Security Perspective as part of the The Gerald R. Ford Energy Lecture Series. Gen. Zilmer will draw from his combat experience in Iraq and other military assignments to highlight the urgent need to cut America’s over-dependence on fossil fuels.

The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. The event is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Varnum LLP.

Gen. Zilmer served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 36 years and has seen first-hand the toll that America’s over-dependence on fossil fuels takes on and off the battlefield. It has high costs for our military and our nation -- both in dollars and in lives.
Gen. Zilmer serves on CNA’s Military Advisory Board (CNA MAB), a panel of some of the nation’s highest-ranking retired admirals and generals who study issues critical to our national security.  At the event, Gen. Zilmer will also discuss the findings of the CNA MAB’s most recent report on energy and national security, titled “Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence.”

Details
Event: Gerald R. Ford Energy Lecture: Alternative Energy - A National Security Perspective, featuring Lt. General Richard Zilmer (Ret). The event is open to the media.

When:  7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012

Where: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  

To cover the event and/or to schedule an advance interview with General Richard Zilmer (Ret.), please contact Carina Daniels at (202) 386-6714 or carina@catercommunications.com

About

Lieutenant General Richard C. Zilmer (Ret.) spent over 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. In addition to operational and staff commands, Gen. Zilmer served combat tours during Lebanon Peacekeeping Operations, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, commanding multinational forces in Anbar Province during the “Anbar Awakening.”  His final assignment was Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Gen. Zilmer joined CNA’s Military Advisory Board in 2011. The CNA MAB is an elite panel of some of the nation’s highest-ranking retired admirals and generals who study and report on pressing national security issues. The CNA MAB’s reports on energy and national security, which have guided discussion at the Department of Defense and in Congress, were among the first to identify America’s over-dependence on fossil fuels as a threat to our economic and national security.

Background on the Gerald R. Ford Energy Lecture Series:

After the 1973 oil embargo, President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation that established the framework for the first national energy policy and alternative energy research. The Gerald R. Ford Lecture Series explores historical and current perspectives on U.S. alternative energy policies.

 

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