On April 9, ASP Consensus for American Security member Major General Rick Devereaux, USAF (ret.) spoke with WV MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval about the link between climate change and national security. Devereaux emphasized the national security threats posed by climate change, including damage to U.S. military bases and infrastructure. He also mentioned the ways climate change acts as a threat multiplier to accelerate and aggravate political instability, conflict, and migration patterns internationally.
“Oftentimes when we think about climate change we think about environmental concerns and protecting the environment, and we pit that against jobs and economic security and even national security,” he said. “But when we talk about climate change and national security connection, some of the factors that we look at are how climate change affects our military infrastructure, our bases and installations, the readiness of our forces, the missions that our military is called to respond to around the world, and how climate change impacts politics, tensions, migration patterns around the world. These are all things that the military has to be concerned about and plan for.”
Listen to the full interview on the Talkline podcast here (Talkline for Friday, April 9, 2021).