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A bipartisan group of defense and diplomacy leaders issued a statement today affirming that U.S. national security demands action on climate change. The statement includes over 45 signatories including three former Secretaries of Defense, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and William Cohen, two former Secretaries of State, Madeline Albright and George Shultz, former CIA director Jim Woolsey, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, and a number of senior retired military leaders including Admiral Samuel Locklear III, General Anthony Zinni and General Ron Keys, among other senior leaders. (more…)
Washington, D.C. — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, concurs with the U.S. Department of Defense’s recently-released 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap (CCAR), which states: “Climate change will affect the DoD’s ability to defend the nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security.” CCS also supports concrete actions called for in the roadmap, such as the integration of climate change considerations into “Department-wide plans and guidance to the Combatant Commanders,” while noting that important choices lie ahead. (more…)
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be attending the 11th Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA), according to a DoD press release it is the “the Western Hemisphere’s “premiere venue” for senior leaders to discuss regional defense issues,” and climate change is on the agenda. At a press conference earlier this week Secretary Hagel provided a preview of the topics he will discuss at the CDMA tomorrow. Sec. Hagel noted specifically the role of climate change on the security environment. John Banusiewicz with DoD news reports: (more…)
Military Leaders Applaud Defense Secretary Hagel’s Attention to Climate Change at ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting
Washington, D.C. — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, applauds U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s attention to the security and humanitarian risks posed by climate change at the ASEAN defense ministers meeting in Hawaii today. The United States is a Pacific nation, and it is critical that our military prepare for the security risks and opportunities climate change will present – especially in light of the U.S. Asia-Pacific “rebalance.” (more…)