U.S. Army Takes On Climate Change As ‘Serious Threat’ To National Security

U.S. Army Takes On Climate Change As ‘Serious Threat’ To National Security

The U.S Army announced it will begin prioritizing climate change considerations as part of its ongoing strategic operations and threat analysis, according to a newly released memo.

Titled, “US Army: Addressing Climate Change Threats”, the document classifies climate change as a “serious threat to U.S. National security interests and defense objectives,” while also detailing how the military agency intends to play a more active role in responding to climate-related issues moving forward.

“To prepare for the challenges ahead, the Army will continue to identify and implement steps to enhance readiness and capability in the face of climate related threats and will continue to be a strong steward of the resources offered in the shared operational environment,” the memo read. “The Army has a lot to be proud of, yet there is a lot of work to continue to operate efficiently across extreme weather and climate conditions.”

As part of its response initiative, the agency intends to conduct “in-depth assessments of likely climate change effects on the Army’s worldwide missions,” while also working to “lead the way in technology development for tactical vehicles that balances increased capability with decreased climate impacts.”

This response will also include an interagency focus on “strategizing and planning to mitigate climate threats,” with an emphasis placed on “soldier resilience, energy reform, and capability enhancement and procurement.”

The push to incorporate a left-wing, climate agenda under the guise of U.S. national security has long been a top priority for President Joe Biden since taking office. Last month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III foreshadowed how the Defense Department under the administration will utilize the issue of climate change to reshape how the military operates.

“We in the Department of Defense are committed to doing our part, from increasing the energy efficiency of our platforms and installations to deploying clean distributed generation and energy storage, to electrifying our own vehicle fleets,” he said. “The benefits of action extend well beyond the climate, and include opportunities to improve our own operations.”

Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a student at the University of Mary Washington, where he plans to major in Political Science and minor in Journalism. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood
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