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DEFEND THE NATION. ACT ON CLIMATE.
The changing climate is one of many threat multipliers to National Security, which adds complexity to Department of Defense decisions. In response, the Department created the DOD Climate Resilience Portal to reduce complexity and inform DOD decisions. The Portal is a central, one-stop focal point for scientifically credible, neutral, authoritative, and actionable climate change information.
Full Article | Aug. 30, 2023 | By Jim Garamone, DOD News
Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks visited the West Point Military Academy where record flooding in July caused over $150 million in damages. The storm is just the latest in environmental impacts caused by climate change. Hicks pointed to the firestorm in Maui, floods in Pakistan, droughts in Africa and heat domes in the United States and Europe as other examples of this.
Watch the Video | Nov. 8, 2021 | 1:56
Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks delivers remarks at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., Nov. 8, 2021. Hicks traveled to Michigan to discuss department priorities to address future war fighting needs, and reinforce the importance of manufacturing, renewable energy, and green technology to U.S. National Security.
Watch the Video | June 2, 2023 | 1:46
The DOD Climate Assessment Tool (DCAT) enables military departments and their installation personnel to deliver consistent exposure assessments and identify regions or installations for additional climate-related studies.
Extreme weather and the changing climate are re-shaping the environment in which we train and operate. The following themes represent areas where the Department of Defense can anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from climate disruptions.
Extreme conditions pose challenges to human health and readiness of the workforce.
Without resilience, climate hazards are likely to contribute to political, economic, and social instability around the world.
Climate-informed decision-making will gain operational advantages and reduce climate hazard risks to operations.
Climate change will degrade installations and infrastructure and could require modifications to existing and planned equipment.
With the growing risks of climate change, DOD must consider climate across all relevant strategies, plans, policy, and capabilities.
Climate hazards stress energy & environment resources. Resilience in these areas is crucial to maintain mission essential functions.
The need to operate in more extreme environments may alter where and how U.S. Forces train for future conflict.
The need for budgetary foresight and long-term funding is critical to effective climate resilience.
Climate resilience cooperation across interagency, intergovernmental, partner nations, and community partners helps secure common interests.