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We previously reported on General Carter F. Ham’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, summarizing his comments on the challenges of environmental and climate security in Africa (particularly in regards to water), and what U.S. Africa Command needed to meet those challenges. The full testimony is now up. We have posted the exchange between Senator Mark Udall and General Ham, which touched on these areas, below.
The U.S. Department of Defense is preparing itself for climate change risks to its military installations in the United States, and making the necessary investments. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment “will get close to $2 million in research grants over the next few years to help figure out how drought, dust storms, forest fires, lightning and rising temperatures could affect defense bases across the American Southwest.”
At a speech in Kentucky last Thursday, Secretary of Defense Panetta was asked a question on the implications of climate change for national security, and the future of the Defense Department. Secretary Panetta gave a thoughtful response, highlighting the security impacts of climate-aggravated drought, sea level rise and Arctic melt. (more…)