The Pentagon has handed top military personnel sweeping new directives aimed at combating and dealing with climate change. The new commands dictate that climate change be incorporated into literally every aspect of military training and preparedness — from training troops to joint ventures with allies. In addition to military preparedness and the ability to keep the citizens of our country and armed forces personnel safe, the U.S. military must now concern itself with climate change. Charged with a plethora of new directives, all military personnel must deal with new policies aimed at the ability to “access and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change.”
The directives came in the form of a report entitled DOD DIRECTIVE 4715.21, CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE. Effective January 14, 2016, the new commands apply to all areas of the United States Military: Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the Department of Defense (DoD).
In order to “maintain an effective and efficient U.S. military,” all Department of Defense (DoD) personnel have been ordered to “adapt current and future operations” to the new directives. When planning and executing missions, military personnel have been ordered to consider any possible current or future climate repercussions and “develop and implement plans and procedures” accordingly.