Sharon Burke

Senior Advisor, International Security Program and Resource Security Program

The Honorable Sharon E. Burke is a senior advisor to New America, where she focuses on international security and a new program, Resource Security, which examines the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources.

Before joining New America, Burke served in the Obama Administration as the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy, a new office that worked to improve the energy security of U.S. military operations. Prior to her service at DoD, Burke held a number of senior U.S. government positions, including at the Department of State in the George W. Bush Administration, and was a vice president and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She attended Williams College and Columbia University, where she was a Zuckerman and International fellow at the School of International and Public Affairs. She serves as an advisor to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Decarbonizing Energy, and the Pew Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate.

All Work

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
The Pentagon & Climate Change: How Deniers Put National Security

As the world warms, the U.S. military will inevitably be called upon to conduct more disaster relief and humanitarian-aid missions. The U.S.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
DOD News: Sharon Burke, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

If oil prices stay at their current level, the Defense Department stands to save about $2 billion this year. Defense News reports the Pentag


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
The Pentagoner: The Long, Slow Death of Capabilities-based Planning

Enter capabilities based planning. It was not necessarily the wrong approach, but it allowed much room for artificial selection; we wanted t


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
Federal News Countdown: A wonk in the Pentagon, ISIS threat

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INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
Root for oil prices to go back up?

American drivers across the country are rejoicing at falling gasoline prices, but the world's oil producers are understandably less thrilled


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
In Depth with Francis Rose: Sharon Burke

Ice at the North Pole is melting at record rates. Sea lanes are opening where they were never open before, and security implications are ope


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and RESOURCE SECURITY
The Pentagon’s Climate Change Plan Is Great. But Will It Be Easy to Ignore?

In a nutshell, the Pentagon’s report says that U.S. armed forces need to better understand how a changing global climate will affect them, a