Defense, National Security and Climate Change
U.S. defense and intelligence communities are increasingly focusing resources on the operational and national security implications of climate change and energy. With the most recent quadrennial report identifying climate change as a global destabilizing force for the first time, an executive order from President Obama on sustainability across the Federal agencies, and an uncertain and unstable energy market, the challenges before American defense and national security communities to mitigate climate impacts and energy risks, as well as establish a leaner, more effective operational force in a down economy are clear.
- Defense/intel communities are turning attention to climate change and energy.
- The QDR discussed climate change.
- The Obama Administration’s sustainability executive order created more aggressive targets for all the government.
- The energy markets are turbulent ($140+ barrel oil in 2008 to fall below $40 for a while then “stabilization” between $60 and $80 to now spike above $100 and tomorrow …).
- Climate change impacts and energy risks create challenges.
- With the additional challenges of a ‘down economy’ reducing resources for the military.
- But climate change / energy risk mitigation offers the chance to create a “more effective operational force.”
- JHU-APL/CNA, Adapting to Climate and Energy Challenges: Options for U.S. Maritime Forces, JHU-APL Laurel, MD, Tuesday-Wednesday, 29-30 March 2011
- Clean Energy Network, DC, Clean Energy Priorities of the Military, 1601 K St. NW, 6 pm, Tuesday, 29 March 2011
- Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), “Defense, National Security, and Climate Change“, 1900 K Street NW,, 30-31 March.Note that the conference agenda (pdf) is rich.
- ITIF, Operation Energy Innovation: A Stronger, Smarter Fighting Force, Room 2226, Rayburn House Office Building, 0900-1030, Thursday, 31 March 2011