Broadening Horizons: Climate Change and the U.S. Armed Forces

This report, published by the Center for a New American Security, explores the dual pressures of climate change and energy on each U.S. military service and combatant command, and offers suggestions to improve the country's ability to promote national security in the face of a changing climate.

The authors recognize that climate change impacts, such as extreme drought, heat waves, desertification, flooding and extreme weather events, will affect political, social, cultural and economic trends, with "significant implications for U.S. interests worldwide." They also acknowledge that climatic changes "may also disrupt U.S. military capabilities and facilities," citing "military installations or training ranges may experience increased flooding, wildfires or major coastal erosion." Much of the report is focused on the role of the Department of Defense pertaining to climate change and energy discussions; providing strategic policy questions and recommendations which are operational in nature.

An appendix examines how the Department of Defense integrated climate change considerations into the Quadrennial Defense Review.




Publication Date: April 28, 2010

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Commander Herbert E. Carmen
  • Christine Parthemore
  • Will Rogers

Related Organizations:

  • Center for New American Security


  • National security

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Resource Types:

  • Assessment
  • Policy analysis/recommendations


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