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Climate change and U.S. infrastructure

Updated: Jul 10, 2020

It’s always gratifying when prominent organizations reach out for insight on complex Federal policies.

Recently, the Foreign Policy Association, which bills itself as a nonpartisan “catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues,” interviewed our colleague Gen. (ret) Bo Temple on climate change and its impact on U.S. infrastructure planning, priorities, and resilience.

Bo’s experience in this area is vast. As manager of the Army’s military construction program (2005-2008), he oversaw the largest military infrastructure recapitalization in Army history.  He managed a multi-billion dollar infrastructure program, improving time-to-completion by 30% while reducing costs by 15%. As the Corps’ Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations and later as Deputy Commanding General, Bo oversaw completion of the Corps’ largest design-build project, the New Orleans Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction System, which enhances the city’s resilience to floods.

This interview was for an upcoming FPA documentary scheduled for release early next year. They discussed several factors pertaining to flooding safety and resilience including readiness, data, modeling, financing, and efficient project delivery.  As Bo noted in the interview, these factors enhance communities’ safety and ability to recover while improving the local economy, environment, and quality of life.

Bo joined Dawson & Associates in 2013 after serving as Acting Chief of Engineers and Acting Commanding General of the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Maj. Gen. (ret) Rick Stevens Senior Vice President

A former Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rick joined our firm in 2018.


The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dawson & Associates.


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