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Naval Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response Week

U.S. Navy relief efforts for Typhoon Fengshen

At the request of the government of the Philippines, USS Ronald Reagan & elements of her Carrier Strike Group provided humanitarian assistance/ disaster response in the wake of Typhoon Fengshen. U.S. Navy photo by  Spike Call

Last week was Naval Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) week at the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). CIMSEC featured a variety of different articles from experts grappling with the complexity of managing all of the moving parts related to HA/DR missions. A climate-changing world is adding another layer of stress and complexity to these missions, as well as adding incentives to continue to improve prevention, preparedness and response coordination between civilian and military counterparts. Below is a list of articles published by CIMSEC. Worth a read.  (more…)

Rear Admiral Titley on Climate Challenges to Naval Operations Near and Far

Rear Admiral Titley USN RetU.S. naval installations are built at sea level. Sea level rise, therefore, leads to an increasing set of complications for these installations. You don’t have to look further than Norfolk, Virginia to see this reality playing out.

Sea level rise also potentially adds another level of stress to already intense weather events like Typhoon Haiyan. Data from the World Meteorological Organization shows that this is an especially problematic situation in the Philippines: “One tidal gauge at Legaspi in the Philippines showed a rise of 35 cms (14 inches) in average sea levels from 1950-2010, against a global average of 10 cms.” (more…)

The Defence View From Down Under: Climate Change

Australia_Weather-map-WA-28FEB06The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) ran an interesting article recently about a series of briefings in Canberra organized by Australia’s Department of Defence, aimed at assessing climate change risks and implications for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). According to a presenter, Professor Steffen, the Department of Defence “…wanted to get a handle on the idea of tipping elements in the climate system that could cause rapid change that would be very difficult for human societies to deal with…” (more…)

Disaster Resilience, Conflict Prevention and Finance for Emergency Preparedness

Pakistan_Disaster_ReliefThe UK’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading think tank on international development and humanitarian issues, recently released two studies that make valuable contributions to the broader climate and security dialogue. (more…)

National Defense Magazine: Climate Change One of Top 5 Threats to National Security

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a highly-respected Defense Industry association, produces a regular publication called National Defense Magazine. The magazine is a go-to resource for anyone who wishes to take the temperature of the national security establishment in the United States. (more…)