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Femia: Army War College finds service ill-equipped to face climate change

Francesco Femia on TRT WorldLast week, the Federal News Network’s “Federal Drive” ran an interview with the Center for Climate and Security’s Co-Founder, Francesco Femia, regarding a recent Army War College report that alarmingly found the U.S. military “precariously underprepared for the national security implications of climate change-induced global security challenges.” Femia highlighted the key takeaways from the report, including an extraordinary finding specific to the Army, which stated that the service is “precipitously close to mission failure concerning hydration of the force in contested arid environments.” Femia recommended that both technical, as well as big strategic and operational changes and investments, are needed to prepare the Army, and the broader U.S. military, for this rapidly-changing operational landscape – including to prepare for the likelihood of adversaries taking advantage of these changes, and a lack of U.S. leadership for addressing them. Click here for the full interview.

U.S. Army War College: Climate Change Presents Serious Threat to the Military Mission in 20 Years

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On October 24, Vice News took notice of a U.S. Army War College report, commissioned by then-Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley (who is now the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), detailing the possibility of a collapse of the military mission in the face of climate change – in just 20 years. It’s an extraordinary report, showing how seriously the U.S. military takes the security risks of climate change, despite political pressures to the contrary. In light of this story, we are herein re-posting a summary of the report by the Center for Climate and Security’s Mariah Furtek, published on August 1, below. (more…)

Army War College: The U.S. Military is “Precariously Underprepared” for Climate Change

US Army War College_Implications of Climate Change for the U.S. Army_2019_7By Mariah Furtek

The United States Army War College recently released a report exploring the significant impact climate change will have on national security and U.S. Army operations, and offering a set of urgent recommendations. The second sentence of the report sets the stage immediately, stating “the Department of Defense is precariously underprepared for the national security implications of climate change-induced global security challenges.” 

The report details the most eminent threats climate change poses to national security: severe weather events, mass migration, diminishing global freshwater supplies, changing disease vectors, Arctic competition, stress on the U.S. power grid and nuclear reactors, as well as sea-level rise.  (more…)

Pentagon Stepping Up Public Concern About Security Implications of Climate Change

defense-gov_photo_essay_120817-d-vo565-003.jpgWhen the U.S. Army gets very public about its concerns over the security implications of climate change, it might just be time for policy-makers to listen.

This past Monday, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment Katherine Hammack stated: (more…)

Brigadier General John Adams Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

We are honored to announce that Brigadier General John Adams, United States Army (Retired), has joined the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. (more…)

Brigadier General Bob Barnes Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

We here at the Center for Climate and Security are honored to welcome Brigadier General J. Robert “Bob” Barnes, United States Army (Retired), to our Advisory Board. (more…)