This is a cross-posted excerpt from The Cipher Brief
By Kristin Wood and Erin Sikorsky
EXPERT PERSPECTIVE — President Biden’s 27 January Executive Order (EO) on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad demonstrates a strong commitment to preparing the United States for addressing the climate crisis. It assigns experienced climate experts into powerful new roles and issues extensive orders for a whole-of-government response. This article analyzes the Intelligence Community aspects of the EO.
For national security agencies, the EO orders agencies to assess within 90 days:
— Climate impacts relevant to broad agency strategies in particular countries or regions;
— Climate impacts on their agency-managed infrastructure abroad (e.g., embassies, military installations), without prejudice to existing requirements regarding assessment of such infrastructure;
— How the agency intends to manage such impacts or incorporate risk mitigation into its installation master plans; and
— How the agency’s international work, including partner engagement, can contribute to addressing the climate crisis.
Read the rest of the article at The Cipher Brief.