“While climate change alone does not cause conflict, it may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict, placing a burden on civilian institutions and militaries around the world. In addition, extreme weather events may lead to increased demands for defense support to civil authorities for humanitarian assistance or disaster response both within the United States or overseas. … managing the national security effects of climate change will require DoD to work collaboratively, through a whole-of-government approach, with both traditional allies and new partners.”

Take a bow, Natural Security.

“The Department will also investigate alternate concepts for improving energy use, including the creation of an innovation fund administered by the new Director of Operational Energy to enable components to compete for funding on projects that advance integrated energy solutions.”

That’s not such a great line. But Director of Operational Energy is an awesome job title. In the director’s desk drawer will be such position papers as “Blood For Oil: A Comparative Analysis” ready for interagency discussion.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman