Centre Climate: How is national security affected by climate change?

By Dick Jones

In January the Pentagon issued an ominous report to Congress on how climate change impacts the armed forces and national security. Two-thirds of 79 “mission-essential” military installations are vulnerable to flooding. Half are exposed to wildfires and mudslides.

“The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to DOD missions, operational plans and installations,” said Defense Department spokesperson Heather Babb in a Bloomberg News story about the report.

Recent storm damage to Air Force bases Tyndall in Florida and Offutt in Nebraska will require $1.2 billion in expenditures to get them operational. The nation’s largest naval base, Norfolk-Hampton Roads, is threatened by flooding.

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