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The Climate Change Strategy Gap: Crafting a Strategic Framework for the Department of Defense

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Technical Report

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Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Advanced Warfighting School Norfolk United States

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Department of Defense DoD implemented a strategy to decelerate its contributions to climate change within its purview and to mitigate the effects of climate change on its facilities and infrastructure. However, the 2015 National Security Strategy specifically cites climate change as a threat to national security with the caveat climate change could cause conflicts and mass migrations. The current DoD climate change strategy addresses the internal threats to its organization yet does not address the geopolitical climate change threat to national security specifically. This paper recommends a strategic framework to address this gap in the DoD climate change strategy by demonstrating how climate change can serve as an accelerant to conflict in fragile nations, exploring the tools available to assist in modeling the changes in climate, and analyzing the organizational structure within DoD best suited to provide strategic guidance and direction. Sealing the climate change strategy gap serves as a preemptive measure to assist fragile nations absorb the effects of climate change without disrupting the geopolitical climate.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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