Climate Change Impacts the Pentagon

Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:45am

“All Pentagon operations in the U.S. and abroad are threatened by climate change, according to a Defense Department official,” The Hill reports.  

Said Daniel Chiu, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for strategy and force development: “The effects of the changing climate affect the full range of Department activities, including plans, operations, training, infrastructure, acquisition, and longer-term investments. By taking a proactive, flexible approach to assessment, analysis, and adaptation, the Department can keep pace with the impacts of changing climate patterns, minimize effects on the Department, and continue to protect our national security interests.”  

“Given the perceived threats, Chiu said climate change is playing a key role in international efforts.”