War in a hot and harsh world

Texas News Today

Washington – At all levels of the US military, the new Pentagon program will make extreme climate degradation an integral part of strategic planning, and train the military to secure its water supplies and treat burns. We want to incorporate the hot and harsh reality of the earth.

Jets, carriers, truck convoys, bases and office buildings cumulatively burn more oil than most countries; the Pentagon ordered a review of its climate change plan when President Joe Biden took office in January. It was one of the federal agencies. Around 20 agencies announced their plans on Thursday.

“These are steps necessary not only to meet the requirements, but to protect the country in all circumstances,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin wrote in a letter to the Pentagon’s climate program.

Dozens of climate change threats are threatening US national security, given the increased risk of conflict over water and other scarce resources, threats to US military facilities and supply chains, and additional risks to the military. After years of US military evaluation.

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The US military is the single largest institutional consumer of oil in the world and therefore a major contributor to the deteriorating global climate. However, the Pentagon’s plans focus on adapting to climate change, not on reducing its significant production of climate-destroying fossil fuel pollution.

It sketches in business-like terms what kinds of risks the US military will face in the difficult world of the future: roads that collapse under convoys as the permafrost melts. An important tool that breaks down in extreme heat or cold. US troops in arid regions abroad are competing with local people for short water supplies, leading to “friction and conflict”.

Already, worsening wildfires in the western United States, severe coastal storms and heat waves in some areas have hampered US military training and preparedness.

The new Pentagon plan cites the example of Hurricane Michael in 2018, which struck Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. With more than $3 billion in reconstruction, Arshi spent months knocking out the nation’s top simulator and classroom training for F-22 stealth fighters. In recent years, only one of the many hurricanes and floods has affected US base operations.

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Climate adaptation planning focuses on what accurate and up-to-date climate data and considerations need to be incorporated into strategic, operational and tactical decision-making. This includes ongoing training for senior executives and others, which the report calls climate literacy.

“If we do not properly integrate our understanding of climate change on the associated risks, segmental adaptation and operating costs can increase significantly over time… jeopardizing the supply chain and/or segmentation. and could be made obsolete,” the plan warns.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, the Department of Defense has accounted for up to 80% of total US energy consumption each year since 2001.

The US military’s focus on more energy-efficient equipment has somehow reduced its use of fossil fuels, for example, with some warships able to increase range and deployment times, the military said. ..

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However, the Pentagon’s focus remains on its mission to maintain the military’s striking power. Thursday’s plan proposes deploying climate mitigation technologies such as battery storage and microgrids on completion of US defense missions. It suggests conducting “investigations” rather than mandatory steps such as requiring suppliers to report their own production of fossil fuel pollution.

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