14 March 2018

The Center for Climate and Security in partnership with the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University have released a new report, “A Responsibility to Prepare – Strengthening National and Homeland Security in the Face of a Changing Climate.” Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars Ashley Moran, Joshua Busby, and Cullen Hendrix serve on the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG) which has issued the report.

A diverse group of U.S.-based military, national security, homeland security, intelligence, and foreign policy experts collaborated on the report to highlight the need for the Administration to take action and manage climate risks. For example, rising sea levels and extreme weather may threaten critical military and civilian infrastructure. Global and regional water shortages and food scarcity could exacerbate state fragility and humanitarian crises that cause political instability around the world.

Ashley Moran provided the following statement on the CSAG report:

“The evidence is clear that climate change poses direct national security risks here at home—with rising sea levels affecting coastal military installations and growing disaster risks affecting people across the country—and abroad—with U.S. military personnel and frontline civilians often being the first responders to humanitarian crises or instability in allied and partner nations. We have the tools and intelligence to plan for these risks, and this report makes clear that we must do so by weighing not only the costs of action but also the costs of inaction.” – Ashley McIlvain Moran, State Fragility Initiative Director at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The report provides recommendations for the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and other members of the Administration that include assessing climate risks to national security, preparing for the risks by making infrastructure more resilient, and supporting allies and partner nations in addressing climate impacts. The entire report as well as the list of collaborators is available here.

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