18 Mar 2009
My how the times have changed. While climate change was not necessarily a priority for the previous administration, for the Obama team, it is top-of-mind. So much so that the defense and intelligence leaders are acknowledging and even anticipating climate change as being a long-term and significant threat to national security — according to the Christian Science Monitor.
In fact, the Intelligence Community has highlighted the issue of climate change in the recent National Intelligence Assessment, as well as in another report called Global Trends 2025. The new DNI, Dennis Blair, also recently told Congress that the Intelligence Community judges that “global climate change will have important and extensive implications for US national security interests over the next 20 years.”
In addition, according to the Christian Science Monitor, the Pentagon recently unveiled a controversial program to fund social science research called Minerva. The $50 million research project is funding work at the University of Texas at Austin to study the effects of climate change on the security of African nations.
And finally, as you all may recall, the former DNI Mike McConnell acknowledged climate change as a security threat at GEOINT 2008.
So, it may go without saying that obviously, climate change is an issue. Of course, there is going to debate and skeptics as to how serious of an issue it is — and how much has been caused by human activity. But, climate change is a security problem…and much like the global economic meltdown being a security threat, so is this. What do you all think?