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The Pentagon’s climate risk analysis is supposed to be out soon. The department says it will have implications for the National Defense Strategy. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is also starting a climate working group to confront climate change.

  • Lachlan Carey, Associate Fellow for the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said DoD could help depoliticize and prioritize climate change as a national security issue among the American public, arguing the United States military remains the most trusted institution in the country.
  • Carey said the department should invest in human capital, risk analysis and technological innovation in areas where we are “drastically behind” for meeting our climate goals.
  • Even more important than short-term issues like the effect of rising sea levels are long-term factors like the geopolitical environment, energy transition in the Middle East and the solar industry, Carey stressed.
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