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Journal vague_ascetic's Journal: Military Advisory Board Issues Climate Change Warning

The CNA Corporation's Military Advisory Board has released a study titled National Security and The Threat of Climate Change. (1.1mb pdf)-(Press Release) The CNA Corporation's self-description states:

The CNA Corporation (CNAC) is a non-profit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research.

The Center for Naval Analyses is a Federally funded Research Center (FFRC).

The Military Advisory Board members for this study were:

  • General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA (Ret.), Chairman, Military Advisory Board, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
  • Admiral Frank "Skip" Bowman, USN (Ret.), Former Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program; Former Deputy Administrator-Naval Reactors, National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Lieutenant General Lawrence P. Farrell Jr., USAF (Ret.), Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
  • Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, USN (Ret.), Former President, National Defense University; Former Chief of Naval Research and Commander, Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command
  • General Paul J. Kern, USA (Ret.), Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command
  • Admiral T. Joseph Lopez, USN (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and of Allied Forces, Southern Europe
  • Admiral Donald L. "Don" Pilling, USN (Ret.), Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Admiral Joseph W. Prueher, USN (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) and Former U.S. Ambassador to China
  • Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.), Former NASA Administrator, Shuttle Astronaut and the first Commander of the Naval Space Command
  • General Charles F. "Chuck" Wald, USAF (Ret.), Former Deputy Commander, Headquarters U.S. European Command (USEUCOM)
  • General Anthony C. "Tony" Zinni, USMC (Ret.), Former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)

Synopsis of Study's Findings:

  • Projected climate change poses a serious threat to America's national security.
  • Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.
  • Projected climate change will add to tensions even in stable regions of the world.
  • Climate change, national security, and energy dependence are a related set of global challenges.

Synopsis of Study's Recommendations:

  1. The national security consequences of climate change should be fully integrated into national security and national defense strategies.
  2. The U.S. should commit to a stronger national and international role to help stabilize climate change at levels that will avoid significant disruption to global security and stability.
  3. The U.S. should commit to global partnerships that help less developed nations build the capacity and resiliency to better manage climate impacts.
  4. The Department of Defense should enhance its operational capability by accelerating the adoption of improved business processes and innovative technologies that result in improved U.S. combat power through energy efficiency.
  5. The Department of Defense should conduct an assessment of the impact on U.S. military installations worldwide of rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other projected climate change impacts over the next 30 to 40 years.
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