Global Water Security Center

Providing decision makers with the most reliable, ground-breaking research, applied scientific techniques, and best practices so that the hydrologic cycle and its potential impacts can be put in a context for appropriate action and response by the United States

2022-2027 Strategic Plan


Water is essential for life – drinking, agriculture, energy, industrial production, and maintaining the environment around us. Many communities around the world already face water crises that compound the impacts of disease and poverty, exacerbate food and energy insecurity, undermine economic growth, and reduce biodiversity.

The wide-ranging effects of water scarcity impact United States national and foreign policy objectives, making water a critical consideration in the nation’s security strategy.

GWSC Mission

GWSC translates water and environmental science to help key global decision makers improve security at the intersection of water, energy, food, and health.

GWSC's Strategic Themes

GWSC’s work through 2027 focus on three strategic themes. They are:

  • Enhance Water and Environmental Security Situational Awareness Among Stakeholders
  • Expand Water and Environmental Security Research to Gain New Insights into National Security Impacts
  • Develop a Repository of Global Water and Environmental Security Information and Analysis

Learn more about each theme and its accompanying objectives and goals by reading the full GWSC 2022-27 Strategic Plan.