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Climate Security is a core component of U.S. national security. It exacerbates existing threats, risks, and hazards while simultaneously creating new ones. ASP has been at the forefront of the climate security discussion with our flagship program, the National Climate Security Tour, for more than a decade, and is continuing our work highlighting climate security concepts through the Climate Security in Focus blog series. ASP remains dedicated to fostering dialogue and enhancing climate security conversations, and regularly engages with stakeholders, communities, and strategic partners to identify areas for collaboration and cooperation. ASP's climate security work is focused on seven key risks/hazards, with particular interest in how they directly impact U.S. military readiness, operations, training, and resilience:
  • Increase in extreme weather events and weather-related disasters
  • Sea-level rise and coastal degradation
  • Water security
  • Food security
  • Public health
  • Climate related migration
  • Combating violent conflict

Strategic Guidance

The effects of climate change—extreme weather, droughts, wildfires, sea level rise, flooding, and warming polar oceans—present compounding risks to national security. These climate risks act as an accelerant of instability and a threat multiplier, especially in fragile states. The Department of Defense has recognized this threat in National Defense Strategies and Quadrennial Defense Reviews since the George H.W. Bush Administration. For example: Following Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, more than 20 federal agencies released climate adaptation and resilience plans, including the Department of Defense. The Department of the Army and Department of the Navy have also both released service-specific climate plans, with the U.S. Air Force soon to follow. ASP has several related lines of effort, including electric vehicles, climate considerations in the NDAA, and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. If you're interested in learning more about any of ASP's climate security work and/or partnering for an event, please email us at info@americansecurityproject.org Read More »

In addition to producing thought leadership and convening stakeholders for important discussions about climate security, ASP recognizes the threats posed by climate change and is committed to being a good steward of the natural environment through sustainable business practices. Read More »
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