Full Title: Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense
Author(s): Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Publisher(s): Department of Defense
Publication Date: 01/2019
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The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to
Department of Defense (DoD or the Department) missions, operational plans, and installations.
Our 2018 National Defense Strategy prioritizes long-term strategic competition with great power
competitors by focusing the Department’s efforts and resources to: 1) build a more lethal force,
2) strengthen alliances and attract new partners, and 3) reform the Department’s processes.
To achieve these goals, DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to
address the impacts of a variety of threats and conditions, including those from weather and
natural events. To that end, DoD factors in the effects of the environment into its mission
planning and execution to build resilience.
For this report, the Office of the Secretary of Defense requested information and inputs
from the Military Departments, Joint Staff, Geographic Combatant Commands, and other