Pamela Sydelko is the Director of the Systems Science Center, part of the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She has 28 years of experience in systems science and analysis and has led the development of numerous innovative modeling, analysis and decision support technologies, focusing on integrated multi-component software systems. Key modeling/analysis domains include national security, sustainability, and critical infrastructures. Previously, she served as the Deputy Associated Laboratory Director for the Energy Engineering & Systems Analysis Directorate and Director for the Argonne’s National Security Program, developing strategies to build research capabilities and foster valuable science and technology research for the National Security Community. She earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, her M.S. in Soil Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her B.S. in Botany/Ecology from North Dakota State University. She joined Argonne in October 1989, coming from the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) in Champaign-Urbana.

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Many definitions of energy security have been proposed in the literature, each developed from within a particular set of perspectives. The International Energy Agency (IEA) defines energy security as the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at affordable prices. This broad, commonly used definition primarily emphasizes economic …

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