By Rachel M. Gregg
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently released its Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, a strategy to combat the threats posed by climate change and the potential exacerbation of existing challenges, such as infectious disease.
The Roadmap's opening sentence reads: "Climate change will affect the [DOD's] ability to defend the Nation and poses immediate risks to U.S. national security." The primary goals laid out include:
- Identifying and assessing the effects of climate change on the DOD;
- Integrating climate change throughout DOD operations and managing associated risks; and
- Collaborating with stakeholders on the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change.