Impacts of Global Environmental Change on Military Readiness

Authors: Christopher Gaulin*, Boston University, James Baldwin, Boston University
Topics: Military Geography, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: National Security, Extreme weather, environmental security
Session Type: Interactive Short Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bayside B, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Leaders throughout the United States military declare readiness as the number one priority for its forces. This paper identifies the relationship between climate induced stress, exacerbated by severe weather events, and the readiness of the US Military forces. Cases examined include homeland weather events, like those of the 2017 hurricane season, as well as global events in fragile states that have resulted in military assistance in the past. The implications of increasing frequency and intensity of disruptive events should impact the policy surrounding preparation for future events in order to facilitate a more comprehensive readiness and resiliency posture. This paper focuses on the significant actions taken on this topic and proposes a mixed methods approach to assessing risks at military locations within the continental United States.

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