ASP’s Consensus Member, Dr. David W. Titley, Rear Admiral USN (Ret.), recently wrote an op-ed in the Washington Examiner discussing the implications climate change has on national security. This concern has resonated among defense officials for quite some time now, he notes, starting with the Bush Administration in 2003. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have begun acknowledging the need to develop a comprehensive climate strategy. In addition, Dr. Titley raises some good questions regarding future military operations:
How will climate change impact NATO strategies and operations? What can be done at the UN Security Council? How are the U.S. Combatant Commands going to be affected in theater, and are they prepared to deal with an increase in instability and conflict? How can investments in climate resilience help us build alliances and partnerships as we “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region?
You can read the full op-ed here.