The Pentagon’s Senior Climate Advisor Joe Bryan says climate change costs defense resources and readiness. The Defense Department wants to approach climate change by increasing resilience and security.
- John Conger, director of the Center for Climate and Security and former principal deputy under secretary of defense (comptroller) said the department is in the planning stage as it works to develop an adaptation plan, sustainability plan and climate risk assessment in response to a January executive order.
- Conger said the biggest cost to readiness has been damage to infrastructure from natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods and wildfires.
- Conger does not recommend closing military bases in the near term but said the Defense Department must make its infrastructure more resilient to prepare for an environment with worse storms.