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The Department of Defense (DoD) is making new investments in reducing operational energy demand. The defense secretary’s senior climate advisor, Joseph Bryan, says understanding climate change is important to national security and the Pentagon as a whole.

  • Sharon Burke, president of Ecospherics and former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, said DoD is striving for energy independence to strengthen operations and future readiness and to respond to threats from climate change.
  • The Defense Department can help define risks posed by climate change, but as it is largely a civil society mission, investments fall more under the responsibility of civilian agencies, said Burke.
  • Burke said industry should be ready to show how they are cutting emissions in their operations and incorporating climate change and energy performance into what they build for DoD.
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