Environmental Security: Dimensions, Doctrine and Direction
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This paper addresses the significance of environmental security, its conceptual development and, specifically, its evolution within the US Department of Defense DoD and the need for the DoD to both better define and delineate what environmental security means now and for the future. Though controversial and scientifically troubling, environmental security issues have been shown to have destabilizing regional effects with direct US National Security implications. Combined with the traditional DoD environmental security notions of safety, occupational health and facility stewardship, the added further dimensions of the impact of warfighting, environmental ethics and the destabilizing effects of environmental change will add depth to the DoDs current approach. Lacking appropriate definition and development, the current US DoD environmental security program and the military is ill-prepared to evaluate, analyze and prepare for environmental threats. Properly defined and developed, DoD environmental security will both better deal with these issues and this will, in turn, lead to proper doctrinal development for the field. Also, a comprehensive understanding of environmental security will help joint publications and planning guidance to both better understanding of the nature of regional threats, lead to a better trained and aware military, and lead to more efficiency in both warfighting and in military operations other than war.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Environmental Health and Safety