[Rushtalk] Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Fri Mar 4 12:18:20 MST 2016

                Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change
                in all military actions
        By Rowan Scarborough - February 7, 2016
                The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate
                climate change into virtually everything they do, from
                testing weapons to training troops to war planning to
                joint exercises with allies.
                A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show
                “resilience” and beat back the threat based on
                “actionable science.”
                It says the military will not be able to maintain
                effectiveness unless the directive is followed.It orders
                the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide
                array of “climate change boards, councils and working
                groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans
                and policies.”
                The Pentagon defines resilience to climate change as:
                “Ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to
                changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and
                recover rapidly from disruptions.”
                To four-star generals and admirals, among them the
                regional combatant commanders who plan and fight the
                nation’s wars, the directive tells them: “Incorporate
                climate change impacts into plans and operations and
                integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command
                planning to address climate change-related risks and
                opportunities across the full range of military
                operations, including steady-state campaign planning and
                operations and contingency planning.”
                The directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and
                Resilience,” is in line with President Obama’s view that
                global warming is the country’s foremost national
                security threat, or close to it. Mr. Obama says there is
                no debate on the existence of man-made global warming
                and its ensuing climate change. Supporters of this
                viewpoint label as “deniers” any scientists who
                But there are stubborn doubters. A climate center
                in Colorado has said its researchers looked at decades
                of weather reports and concluded there has been no
                uptick in storms. The United Nations came to a similar
                finding, saying there is not enough evidence to confirm
                an increase in droughts and floods.
                A previous Pentagon report on climate change attributed
                Super Storm Sandy to climate change.
                Dakota Wood, a retired Marine Corps officer and U.S.
                Central Command planner, said the Pentagon is
                introducing climate change, right down to military
                tactics level.
                “By equating tactical actions of immediate or short-term
                utility with large-scale, strategic-level issues of
                profound importance, the issue of climate change and its
                potential impact on national security interests is
                undermined,” he said. “People tend to dismiss the whole,
                what might be truly important, because of all the little
                silly distractions that are included along the way.”
                He said climate change is typically measured in long
                stretches of time.
                “The climate does change over great periods of time,
                typically measured in millennia, though sometimes in
                centuries,” he said. “But the document mentions
                accounting for such down to the level of changes in
                ‘tactics, techniques and procedures’ as if reviewing how
                a squad conducts a patrol should be accorded the same
                level of importance and attention as determining whether
                the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia, might have to be
                relocated as sea levels rise over the next 100 years.”
                Multipoint strategy
                The directive originated in the office of Frank Kendall,
                undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology
                and logistics. Final approval came from Deputy Defense
                Secretary Robert O.    Work.
                The directive is loaded with orders to civilian leaders
                and officers on specifically how counter-climate change
                strategy is to permeate planning.
                “This involves deliberate preparation, close
                cooperation, and coordinated planing by DoD to provide
                for the continuity of DoD operations, services and
                programs,” it states.
                “The DoD must be able to adapt current and future
                operations to address the impacts of climate change in
                order to maintain an effective and
                efficient U.S. military,” it adds. “Mission planning and
                execution must include anticipating and managing any
                risks that develop as a result of climate change to
                build resilience.”
                Climate change must be integrated in:
                • Weapons buying and testing “across the life cycle of
                weapons systems, platforms and equipment.”
                • Training ranges and capabilities.
                • Defense intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
                • Defense education and training.
                • Combatant commander joint training with allies to
                “assess the risks to U.S. security interests posed by
                climate change.”
                • Joint Chiefs of Staff collaboration “with allies and
                partners to optimize joint exercises and war games
                including factors contributing to geopolitical and
                socioeconomic instability.”
                Mr. Wood, now a military analyst at The Heritage
                Foundation, said the directive is muddled.
                “I understand the motivation behind and intent for such
                guidance,” he said. “The problem is that it includes
                such a wide variety of issues with no explication or
                context that enables the offices mentioned to
                differentiate and prioritize activities and efforts
                across time or intensity.”
                ‘A lack of evidence’
                The Department of Defense last issued a broad directive
                on climate change in July. It declared climate change an
                “urgent and growing threat to our national security” and
                blamed it for “increased natural disasters.”
                The report also told commanders there are “more frequent
                and/or severe extreme weather events that may require
                substantial involvement of DoD units, personnel and
                assets in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.”
                This assertion is not supported by the U.N.’s most
                recent global warming predictions.
                Roger Pielke Jr., a professor of environmental studies
                at the Center for Science and Technology Police Research
                at the University of Colorado, also has come to
                conclusions at odds with the Obama administration. He
                has testified on Capitol Hill, clashing with liberals
                who say his data are wrong.
                “Current datasets indicate no significant observed
                trends in global tropical cyclone frequency over the
                past century,” he wrote in 2013. “No robust trends in
                annual numbers of tropical storms, hurricanes and major
                hurricanes counts have been identified over the past 100
                years in the North Atlantic basin.
                “In summary, there continues to be a lack of evidence
                and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in
                the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global
                Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, tried to
                silence Mr. Pielke by unleashing allegations and
                starting an investigation.
                Fellow scientists have come to Mr. Pielke’s defense and
                accused Democrats of violating academic freedom.
                “Congressman Grijalva doesn’t have any evidence of any
                wrongdoing on my part, either ethical or legal, because
                there is none,” Mr. Pielke wrote on a blog. “He simply
                disagrees with the    substance of my testimony — which
                is based on peer-reviewed research funded by
                the U.S. taxpayer, and which also happens to be the
                consensus of the IPCC.”
                The IPCC is the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on
                Climate Change.
                “I have no funding, declared or undeclared, with any
                fossil fuel company or interest. I never have. Rep.
                Grijalva knows this too, because when I have testified
                before the U.S. Congress, I have disclosed my funding
                and possible conflicts of interest,” Mr. Pielke said.
                “So I know with complete certainty that this
                investigation is a politically motivated ‘witch hunt’
                designed to intimidate me [and others] and to smear my
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