A report, “National Security and the Threat of Climate Change,”
signed by eleven retired three-star and four-star admirals and generals
for the CNA Corporation described climate change as a threat multiplier
in already fragile regions, exacerbating conditions that lead to failed
states — the breeding grounds for extremism and terrorism. They conclude
that global climate change presents a serious national security threat which
could impact Americans at home, U.S. military operations and heighten global
The report includes several formal findings:
· Projected climate change poses a serious threat to America's national
· Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some
of the most volatile regions of the world.
· Projected climate change will add to tensions even in stable regions
of the world.
· Climate change, national security and energy dependence are a related
set of global challenges.
The report also made several specific recommendations:
· The national security consequences of climate change should be
fully integrated into national security and national defense strategies.
· The U.S. should commit to a stronger national and international
role to help stabilize climate changes at levels that will avoid significant
disruption to global security and stability.
· The U.S. should commit to global partnerships that help less developed
nations build the capacity and resiliency to better manage climate impacts.
· The Department of Defense should enhance its operational capability
by accelerating the adoption of improved business processes and innovative
technologies that result in improved U.S. combat power through energy efficiency.
· DoD should conduct an assessment of the impact on US military installations
worldwide of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other possible
climate change impacts over the next thirty to forty years.
Full Report Here