Accession Number : ADA527015


Title :   Worldwide Emerging Environmental Issues Affecting the U.S. Military. April 2010


Corporate Author : FEDERATION OF UN ASSOCIATIONS WASHINGTON DC MILLENNIUM PROJECT


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a527015.pdf


Report Date : Apr 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 21


Abstract : The Chaos Caused by the Volcanic Eruption in Iceland Revealed Lack of a Global Framework to Deal with Large-Scale Air Traffic Disturbances. The total or partial closure of 313 European airports (75% of the European airport network) in the period April 15-21 due to the ash cloud following the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano affected over 100,000 flights, 10 million passengers, and loss of 2.5 billion ($3.31 billion). The concurrent decision-making chaos exposed the lack of an adequate international framework and coordination strategy to deal with such large-scale disruptions (natural or manmade). The event might lead to new EU agreements such as the Single European Sky project, establishment of a single air network management solution, harmonization of all aviation-related national regulations, and eventually the creation of a global response strategy. The number and scale of air traffic disruptions could increase due to a combination of increasing travel and the larger scale of unexpected natural (and/or manmade) events as climate change continues. Military Implications: This is increased evidence that the military should continue planning, coordination, and training with counterparts around the world for assisting people's relocation and/or security in such large-scale disruptions (this time the UK used military ships to repatriate some of its stranded travelers).


Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , *AIR TRAFFIC , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , ICELAND , AIRPORTS , DECISION MAKING , POLICIES , CHAOS


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE