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Military Readiness in a Changing World

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U.S. national security is based on the military’s ability to respond to a crisis at home or abroad within a moments notice. Any potential threat to that readiness is a threat to our national security. As the climate continues to change, our bases are seeing increasing floods, heatwaves, and wildfires, impacting the military’s ability to train troops and respond to threats.

Recent regulations and legislation have begun to address the growing threat of climate change to resiliency and readiness. One amendment in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) notes that the Department of Defense must be able to plan for the impact climate change will have on “threat assessments, resources, and readiness; and military installations must be able to effectively prepare to mitigate climate damage in their master planning.” In the report to accompany the Senate version of the 2018 NDAA, the committee asks that the Secretary of Defense performs a “comprehensive threat assessment” and “implementation master plan” by March 1, 2018. These are just a few examples of the regulations and legislation designed to protect our national security and build resiliency in the face of a changing climate.

Join us on November 30th, 2017 at 10:30am as we discuss the range of security threats posed by climate change, whether these regulations may ease those threats, and how we can build further resiliency and security into the future.

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