New Directive from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
|Rising seas threaten the world’s largest shipyards in Virginia|
The Department of Defense issued a new directive January 14 ordering all military services to prepare for climate change in a serious way.
According to DoD Directive 4715.21, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, all branches of the military are to consider climate change as a security factor in future strategy planning. The Pentagon considers global warming to be a present tense situation as well as a long term problem. In addition to obvious physical threats (rising seas at the Norfolk shipyards for example), the Intelligence Committees identified trends that will exacerbate conflict: poverty, environmental collapse, political stability (such as the drought that triggered the crisis in Syria).
In a previous report from July of 2015, the DoD stated:
“We are already observing the impacts of climate change in shocks and stressors to vulnerable nations and communities, including in the United States, and in the Arctic, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and South America…. Although DoD and the Combatant Commands cannot prepare for every risk and situation, the Department is beginning to include the implications of a changing climate in its frameworks for managing operational and strategic risks prudently.”
The report is available here.
World’s Largest Naval Base
The Navy in particular is concerned with how rising seas and extreme weather are affecting its base in Norfolk, Va. According to official Navy reports, flooding in the region has increased significantly over the past few decades and may reach levels of 5+ ft by 2100.
In January the report was sent to Congress, where the chimps will most likely ignore while they debate marital issues and how to prevent Sharia law.