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U.S. Military Sees the Danger of Global Warming

In assessing future risks to national security, the military must deal with reality. It cannot afford ideological blindness.

Pacific Command not waiting on politics to plan for climate change challenges.
9 Aug 2014. Stars and Stripes  As Congress remains gridlocked on more than 200 bills related to climate change, U.S. Pacific Command is forging strategies with partner nations in the region to mitigate the security effects of global warming. "You can’t deny the fact that there are military consequences going on as a result of storms." Indeed, despite claims by some that global warming is a myth, there’s growing accord among analysts and military thinkers around the world that the repercussions of climate change will require the same application of strategy the military would employ when grappling with any foe. To that end, PACOM initiated a series of forums held throughout the region designed to brainstorm military-civil solutions to climate-related security issues…. To keep such efforts on track, PACOM last fall began incorporating an environmental strategy into all its planning, programs and exercises.

Climate Change Threatens National Security
Rear Adm. David W. Titley. 5 July 2014.
This issue is about science, not politics, and the military is taking it very seriously. "We have seen the scientific consensus continue to develop and solidify, while signatures of a warming world — from global temperature trends to severe weather events — strongly suggest that our climate is already changing. And we are increasingly worried about the lack of comprehensive action by the United States and the global community."

Climate Change Affects National Defense Decisions, Official Says Department of Defense. 27 May 2014.
Climate change is among the factors Defense Department officials consider in protect national security around the globe, a senior DOD official told a Senate panel here last week.

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change
CNA Military Advisory Board. May 2014.
As a follow-up to its landmark 2007 study on climate and national security, the CNA Corporation Military Advisory Board's National Security and the Accelerating Risks of  Climate Change re-examines the impact of climate change on U.S. national security in the context of a more informed, but more complex and integrated world.

Climate Change in the Defense Department's Quadrennial Assessment of National Security Risks
March 2014. Global warming is a danger to national security, especially as a “threat multiplier.”

DOD Wraps Climate Change Response into Master Plans. Department of Defense. 6 Nov 2013.
The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.

Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security in 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review
New York Times. 8 Aug 2009.

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change
CNA Military Advisory Board 2007 Report.




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