Last week I read two articles about how the military understands the impacts of climate change. One was called, PENTAGON: CLIMATE CHANGE IS AN IMMEDIATE THREAT and the other was PENTAGON SAYS WE COULD SOON BE FIGHTING CLIMATE WARS.
Let me quote from both.
“In one of its strongest statements yet on the need to prepare for climate change, the Defense Department today released a report that says global warming “poses immediate risks to U.S. national security” and will exacerbate national security-related threats ranging “from infectious disease to terrorism.”
“Today’s report also placed special focus on impacts that are likely to sweep U.S. troops into action in the short term, a sign that top brass are increasingly concerned about “the probability that climate change will increase the likelihood of conflict in strategically significant parts of the world,” Femia said. Water shortages in the Middle East could benefit terrorist organizations, who can exploit hunger and unrest to tighten their grip on locals. Increased shipping traffic in the melting Arctic could spark political tension between polar nations. Increasing prevalence and severity of natural disasters worldwide will become a more significant burden for military-led relief efforts.”
“This report isn’t the first of its kind. The DoD and former high-ranking members of the U.S. military have been proclaiming climate change’s threat for some time.”
“In May, a collective of scientists and retired military generals and admirals called the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) Corporate Military Advisory Board released a report stating similarly to the DoD’s report that climate change is an eminent threat. The CNA report, however, was more harrowing and pressing in its urgency.”
“The CNA report asserts that climate change will not only threaten military infrastructure and utility transport, but it will also contribute to heightened social instability. In short, there will be a lot more fighting and upheaval around the world. The CNA believes it already has proof of that assertion.”
The 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap can be found here.
The National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change Report from the CNA is here.
I'm sure you are expecting a picture of a tank or something so here it is.
DoD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (screenshot courtesy of DoD).