Geopolitics of Energy


Daniel Nussbaum

Chair, Energy Academic Group, Naval Postgraduate School


Energy. It seems to be in the news and all around us—Energy security, energy policies, energy technologies, energy and climate security, energy infrastructure, energy infrastructure protection and resilience, and so on. 

In this talk, Dr. Nussbaum will discuss some background issues like what is energy, where does it come from, and how much do we use, and then look at what are the risks to continued supply. 

 Dr. Nussbaum will discuss these topics through the three lenses of “What?”, “So what?”, and “Now what?”.  The question-and-answer period will provide an opportunity to engage in a dialog, although Dr. Nussbaum urges us to remember that neither he nor anyone else has a functioning crystal ball. 

 Dan Nussbaum is the Chair of the Energy Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School, an organization that cuts across traditional academic disciplines, blending technology and policies, and focusing on teaching and research. He previously was the Director of the Naval Center for Cost Analysis, in which role he was the chief advisor to the Secretary of Navy on all cost estimates and cost benefit analyses.

Dan has a bachelor’s in mathematics and economics, a PhD in mathematics and post docs in econometrics and national security studies. He is the author of several books on cost estimating and is in the painful thrones, of completing a book on Operational Energy

He and his wife, Beverly, have been married for 57 years, have two children and five grandchildren.

Special Academic World Quest Team Presentation

After dinner and before the speaker, the Monterey High School AWQ team of four team members, Eunwoo Kim, River Valdivia, Sindha Gokaraju, and Taylor Boothe will be making a presentation on their experience representing WACMB at the national AWQ competition in Washington DC. During their presentation, WACMB members will be able to ask questions. We will also be honoring the team by presenting the Monterey High School principal with a plaque.

Date and Times

  • Wednesday, May 24
  • 6:00 PM Registration with no-host bar
  • 6:25 PM Dinner
  • 6:55 PM Academic World Quest presentation
  • 7:20 PM Guest Speaker


  • Salad: Seasonal field greens, tomato, cucumber, red onion with a red wine vinaigrette
  • Artisan rolls and butter
  • Entree: Chicken Breast Florentine topped with tomato concasse with garlic mashed potatoes
  • Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Lasagna
  • Desert: Chocolate layer cake with creme anglaise and raspberry puree
  • Coffee & Tea


  • $49 for members
  • $54 for guests
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Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to keep our members healthy!


Reservations are due by Sunday, May 21

Registration is now closed.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.


Peninsula Ballroom

Carmel Mission Inn
3665 Rio Road
Carmel, CA