Chad Briggs is a Principal Consultant and Strategy Director for Global Interconnections LLC in Arlington, Virginia. He has a PhD degree in political science from Carleton University in Canada, and specializes in translation of complex scientific data into risk assessments and strategic planning. Dr. Briggs was a Minerva Defense Fellow from 2010-2012, and Chair of the United States Air Force's Minerva Initiative on Energy and Environmental Security. He worked as Team Leader under the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate at the United States Department of Energy, and from 2008–2010, was Senior Advisor for International Security Affairs and Special Advisor on Climate Change and Strategic Assessment. He led the Abrupt Climate Change and Security project for DOE's intelligence office, which was tasked with developing methods to assess security risks of abrupt climate changes and communicating these to policymakers. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security in Brussels, Research Associate at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, and Adjunct Research Professor of Geography at Carleton University. Dr. Briggs has produced reports on strategic environmental intelligence, developed a new risk scenario framework, and briefed numerous leaders and international organizations, including the Australian government, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the European Commission, the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK Department for International Development, the National Academy of Sciences, the US Secretary of Defense, etc. Dr. Briggs has also worked on post-conflict reconstruction and environmental health issues, including extensive fieldwork in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. After growing up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, he has studied in nine countries since he was first an exchange student to France in 1984. Since then, he has been a Fulbright Professor in Hungary and Berlin, and a university scientist and government analyst.