Climate Change Response as an Emerging Battlespace in the South China Sea: Earning Trust and Credibility through HADR Exercises
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI
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Climate change offers a unique opportunity for the United States to flex soft power in the SCS. Incorporating climate change resilience and response into its operations with partner nations is an important method for the U.S. to counter Chinas grip, increase U.S. validity in the region, and strengthen regional organizations. INDOPACOM should actively plan for operations to respond to and combat climate change because it will counter Chinas influence and grow U.S. influence in the region. Actions to engage in combatting climate change are not just political offshoots secondary to primary objectives. Combatting climate change supports the primary objective of countering China, and is a non-threatening means to develop partner capability. Nesting climate change within the framework of competing for influence in the region both provides opportunities for engagement with SCS claimants who are reticent for closer military cooperation and nests competition with China in a positive and affirmative vision of the free world.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Civil Defense