Accession Number : ADA600856


Title :   Climate Change Implications to the Global Security Environment, U.S. Interests, and Future Naval Operations


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA


Personal Author(s) : O'Brien, Jessica J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a600856.pdf


Report Date : 14 Mar 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 34


Abstract : The effects of climate change are intertwined with existing political, social, cultural, and economic issues, which have significant implications for U.S. interests around the world. These effects are reshaping the national security environment, which pose great changes for DOD priorities. Climate change interacts with other issues such as weak governments, poor economies, and population growth, which drive Vulnerable states toward instability. As climate change progresses, the United States will be drawn more frequently into unstable situations where weakened states cannot support the basic needs of their populations or maintain security. The National Security Strategy, the Quadrennial Defense Review, and the Naval Operations Concept address the need to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Navy must prepare for expanded operations and more frequent engagements around the globe. In the operating environment, the Navy must reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, adapt to changing ocean environments and weather patterns, and assess critical infrastructure susceptible to rising sea levels: Strategically, the Navy must prepare for increased humanitarian operations and determine the best solution to meet the demand signal. Additionally, national emphasis on the Arctic region increasingly requires Navy involvement. The Navy must work together with other stakeholders to ensure a safe and secure Arctic region.


Descriptors :   *CLIMATE CHANGE , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *NAVAL OPERATIONS , ARCTIC REGIONS , GREENHOUSE EFFECT , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , SEA LEVEL , VULNERABILITY


Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Government and Political Science
      Civil Defense


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE