The House Armed Services Committee directs the Pentagon to brief it on the steps it is taking to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change, under an amendment to the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill added during a recent committee markup.
According to the amendment, offered by Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), the briefing should address:
- What opportunities exist for effective public-private partnerships or contracts with industry to mitigate the effects of changing conditions?
- How are changing conditions affecting operations and military readiness at U.S. installations?
- How are best practices being disseminated and implemented across U.S. installations?
- What challenges is DOD facing in carrying out preparedness and resilience initiatives? Do they require congressional action to protect installations?
The amendment cites a 2014 DOD report “claiming that changing conditions, including expected increased water shortages and instances of wildfire with increased drought, in addition to flooding due to sea level rise and coastal erosion from storm surges, pose risks to the United States’ national security.”
The full House is expected to take up the authorization bill, H.R. 1735, later this month. The report accompanying the legislation is available on the committee website.