Climate Change and U.S. National Security: Pentagon Releases 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap


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:
  1. Identifying and assessing the effects of climate change on the DOD;
  2. Integrating climate change throughout DOD operations and managing associated risks; and
  3. Collaborating with stakeholders on the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change.
If you're in search of some additional reading, check Mark Hertsgaard's piece in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Military Takes on Climate Change Deniers.