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Climate Change and the Joint Force: An Assessment

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Technical Report,05 Jun 2016,25 May 2017

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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The US military has been in persistent conflict fighting the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. It has closed with and fought the enemy in the most remote areas of the world. The US military is able to execute these operations because it has functioning bases in which to project power. The ability to possess stable power projection platforms is slowly turning into an assumption due to the threat climate change poses. Climate change volatility is slowly creating new security threats that will affect the militarys ability to continue its mission to defend the United States. The Arctic Region is becoming more navigable and will require the US Navy to adapt its sea and air capabilities for arctic operations. Rising sea levels will impact the United States coastal military facilities and surrounding support communities, causing extensive damage and degradation to mission. Climate change is also causing more frequent and intense extreme weather events that can destabilize fragile governments. This monograph conducts a DOTMLPF analysis to determine the militarys ability to confront climate changes new security threats.

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