The Department of Defense and Climate Change: Initiating the Dialogue
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING ARLINGTON VA STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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Department of Defense DoD policy calls for a strategic approach to the challenges posed by global climate change and climate variability. The February 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review QDR recognized that climate change will affect the Department in two broad ways First, climate change will shape the operating environment, roles, and missions that DoD undertakes. Second, the DoD will need to adjust to the impacts of climate change on its facilities and military capabilities. The QDR also recognized that DoD must develop policies and plans to manage the effects of climate change on its operating environment, missions, and facilities, including addressing the potential impacts to DoD natural and built infrastructure at permanent installations that support DoD s national security mission and to adapt as required. And finally, the QDR highlighted the need for DoD to regularly reevaluate climate change risks and opportunities and to work collaboratively with outside partners to meet the challenges posed by climate change.