NOT ‘The Onion’: Pentagon To Consider Climate Change Implications On All Military Actions

This is not a joke: the Pentagon is requiring that all branches of the military must consider climate change for almost all of their activities.

In other words, when defending the United States, the consequences of and impact on global warming climate change MUST be an explicit part of the plan.

  • There will be a new layer of bureaucracy involved: “climate change boards, councils and working groups”
  • The directive: “Incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to address climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning”

Not everyone related to the military is on board. A former Marine and U.S. Central Command planner said this:

“By equating tactical actions of immediate or short-term utility with large-scale, strategic-level issues of profound importance, the issue of climate change and its potential impact on national security interests is undermined. People tend to dismiss the whole, what might be truly important, because of all the little silly distractions that are included along the way.

The climate does change over great periods of time, typically measured in millennia, though sometimes in centuries. But the document mentions accounting for such down to the level of changes in ‘tactics, techniques and procedures’ as if reviewing how a squad conducts a patrol should be accorded the same level of importance and attention as determining whether the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia, might have to be relocated as sea levels rise over the next 100 years.”

I don’t know about you, but this is incredibly reassuring. When I think about defending our borders and interests, when I consider the war we are in against radical jihadism and others who would harm us, my primary concern is how our actions are going to affect the polar ice caps and ocean levels in the year 2116.

Read more at The Washington Times

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