When Climate Change Distracts The US Military


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By Dakota Wood ~

Climate change is an urgent national security threat? Here we go again.

Leaving aside the debate over the causes of climate change—and the pace of that change—promoters of the argument that changes in the global climate are a “security threat” to the U.S. muddle our understanding of the term and jeopardize our ability to confront real security threats to the country.

U.S. Air Force Lockheed MC-130J Commando II Hercules of the 67th Special Operations Squadron approaches RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 5, 2020. (Photo: Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

All sorts of things vie for our attention as they affect our country’s economic, security, moral, and human interests. But lumping everything we think is important into the basket of “national security” dilutes the term, makes it harder to prioritize limited resources (money, time, attention), and distracts the U.S. military.

Directing the Department of Defense to account…

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