The Defense Department has been mandated to include climate change adaptation into its planning and strategic efforts to ensure the U.S. is able to retain its current military prowess in increasingly difficult conditions.

Equipment, installations, and troops across the Defense Department must become more resistant to extreme weather conditions resulting from the climate crisis.  Such conditions will continue to grow harsher in coming years as a warming global climate will likely cause global stability and security problems.

Despite partisan divides on the issue, the Pentagon is unable to ignore the problem any longer.  Officials have pointed to climate change as a major problem facing the military in recent years, with an especially apparent increased stress on homeland military operations and the National Guard.  Short-term plans were released approximately one week after Joe Biden took office, however long-term planning is still in the works and is even more critical.  When facing a challenge that cannot be avoided, the Department of Defense must act swiftly and boldly.

-Maddy S.

 

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https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2021-10-08/climate-change-defense-department-strategy-hurricanes-floods-fires-3173039.html