Date
23 August 2017
Chuck Hagel says climate change will have a real impact on the US military and the way it executes its missions. Photo: Bloomberg
Chuck Hagel says climate change will have a real impact on the US military and the way it executes its missions. Photo: Bloomberg

Climate change to become key factor in US military decisions

The US military is undertaking sweeping changes to operation systems and installations to keep up with the impact of climate change, the Guardian reported Monday.

Climate change will become an immediate factor for all strategic, operational and planning decisions, affecting war games, weapons systems, training exercises and military installations, according to the report.

“A changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was quoted as saying in his introduction to a Pentagon report out Monday.

“We are considering the impacts of climate change in our war games and defense planning scenarios.”

The Pentagon’s planners have for years viewed climate change as a “threat multiplier”– worsening old conflicts and potentially provoking new clashes over migration and shortages of food and water in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and opening up new military challenges in a melting Arctic.

But with Monday’s report, climate change moved from potential threat to an immediate factor in a wide range of operational and budgeting decisions, the Guardian noted.

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