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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin calls climate change an “existential threat” to the national security of the United States. Austin named four incidents in recent years driven by climate change that have impacted the department.

  • Jim Mitre, former principal director for strategy and force development in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and now chief strategy officer at Govini, said climate change is changing the geopolitical security environment and has global and local impacts.
  • Mitre said a surprising finding of analysis from Govini was that government spending on climate, environment and energy increased during the Trump administration.
  • Mitre said it is prudent for the Defense Department to invest in wind, solar, energy capture and storage and cost-efficient distribution technologies as they increase agility.
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