The impact of climate change on military readiness

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FILE – In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Marines of the U.S., left, and South Korea wearing blue headbands on their helmets, take positions after landing on a beach during the joint military combined amphibious exercise, called Ssangyong, part of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. The Pentagon […]

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a former senior Pentagon official, questioned witnesses today during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the effects of climate change on military readiness.

Slotkin’s team at the Pentagon helped lead the first-ever study at the U.S. Department of Defense on how climate change will affect the U.S. military.

During the hearing she noted the Trump Administration’s plans to assemble a panel to deny government findings that climate change is a threat to national security.

Last week, 58 national security officials, including former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, signed a letter opposing the Trump Administration’s plans to assemble a panel within the White House National Security Council to refute previous findings that climate change is a national security threat multiplier.

“In the January 2019 DOD report, the department reported that 53 installations are vulnerable to recurrent flooding, 42 installations are vulnerable to drought, 36 installations are vulnerable to wildfire,” said Slotkin.

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