Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) went to Texas on behalf of the Center for Naval Analyses’ Military Advisory Board to talk about climate change as a threat to national security. While in the Lone Star State, Admiral Gunn spoke with policymakers and energy leaders. He also made time to meet with Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas for an interview to discuss the impacts of climate change on international security and military installations in Texas. Here is a part of the interview that looks at the overlapping stresses between governance, unrest, and climatic and ecological variables:
StateImpact Texas: When you look at a lot of the places where our military is present right now around the world, it’s in some of those ungoverned territories. Is it in places where they are seeing perhaps some ecological strain as well?
Gunn: It’s a very fair assessment. Among the last things I did operationally on active duty was be the naval force commander and the deputy combined force commander for the final withdraw of the UN Peacekeepers from Somalia. East Africa is one of those territories that you are talking about.
You can read the full interview here: A Different Kind of Climate War: Global Warming and National Security.