Tagged with National Security

Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (DOD Directive 4715.21)

US Department of Defense http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/471521p.pdf Purpose: In accordance with the direction in Executive Order 13653, this issuance establishes policy and assigns responsibilities to provide the DoD with the resources necessary to assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change. This involves deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the DoD to: Facilitate federal, State, … Continue reading

Food System Shock: the Insurance Impacts of Acute Disruption to Global Food Supply

Lloyd’s of London http://www.lloyds.com/news-and-insight/risk-insight Global demand for food is on the rise. This is driven by unprecedented growth in the world’s population and widespread shifts in consumption patterns as emerging economies develop. It is predicted that global agricultural production will need to more than double by 2050 to close the gap between food supply and … Continue reading

Arctic Planning: DOD Expects to Play a Supporting Role to Other Federal Agencies and Has Efforts Under Way to Address Capability Needs and Update Plans

Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-15-566?source=ra What GAO Found Recent strategic guidance on the Arctic issued by the administration and the Department of Defense (DOD) establish a supporting role for the department relative to other federal agencies, based on a low level of military threat expected in the region… Decreasing seasonal sea ice in the Arctic has … Continue reading

The Harmonization of U.S. National Security and Climate Goals: Congressional Testimony

Brookings Institution / Testimony of David L. Goldwyn before the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on July 22, 2014 http://bit.ly/1qzVE2z Editor’s note: On July 22, David Goldwyn delivered testimony on the U.S. security implications of international energy and climate policies … Continue reading

Climate Change Adaptation: DOD Can Improve Infrastructure Planning and Processes to Better Account for Potential Impacts

US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-446?source=ra [What GAO Found]  In its Fiscal Year 2012 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the Department of Defense (DOD) identified climate change phenomena such as rising temperatures and sea levels as potentially impacting its infrastructure, and officials at sites GAO visited or contacted noted actual impacts they had observed. For example, according … Continue reading

Arctic Issues: Better Direction and Management of Voluntary Recommendations Could Enhance U.S. Arctic Council Participation

US Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-435 The Arctic Council (Council) is a voluntary intergovernmental forum for Arctic States, with involvement of indigenous organizations and other stakeholders, to address various environmental and economic issues through projects and reports targeting a variety of subjects. The eight Arctic States guide the work of the Council through consensus decisions and … Continue reading

National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory Board http://www.cna.org/reports/accelerating-risks#sthash.lh10HyZ0.dpuf In this follow-up to its landmark study, National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, CNA Corporation’s Military Advisory Board (MAB) re-examines the impact of climate change on U.S. national security in the context of a more informed, but more complex and integrated world. The MAB’s 2007 report described … Continue reading