National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

This strategic assessment report articulates the concept of climate change acting as a "threat multiplier" for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world, and identifies key challenges that must be planned for now if they are to be met effectively in the future. The specific questions addressed in this report are: 1) What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States? 2) What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America's national security interests? 3) What actions should the nation take to address the national security consequences of climate change?

A number of recommendations are discussed, including the full integration of national security consequences of climate change into national security and national defense strategies, and having the Department of Defense conduct an assessment of the impact on U.S. military installations worldwide of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other possible climate change impacts over the next 30 to 40 years.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

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  • Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

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