The US Department of Defense recognizes the reality of climate change and the significant risk it poses to U.S. interests globally contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water. These impacts are already occurring, and the scope, scale, and intensity of these impacts are projected to increase over time. To understand and mitigate this threat, our nation needs to monitor, understand, and forecast critical climate, sea and land surface parameters.
”The rapid change in climate will have significant impacts on our national security. The days of climate stability … are over.”
> David W. Titley, Rear Admiral USN (ret.), PhD
“…climate change is a challenge that requires a broader, whole-of government response.” > James Mattis, Genearal USMC (ret), Secretary of Defense