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The Military's Top Priority: Global Warming?

June 7, 2016

The military's top priority should not be global warming, say NCPA Executive Director Allen West and Senior Fellow David Grantham in a cover article for Green Watch.

Setting our national defense priorities based on the latest liberal problème du jour is bad public policy, significantly impeding the defense of the nation. That is exactly what the Department of Defense is doing with its directive on Global Warming "climate change." The directive, "Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience," originated with Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. [Editor's note: Kendall, a lawyer and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has served on the boards of directors of Amnesty International, the Tahirih Justice Center, and Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights). Prior to his appointment to his current job at the Defense Department, he was a prominent opponent of the use by the U.S. government and its allies of practices that some consider torture. He traveled to the Guantanamo Bay detention camps as a "human rights monitor" in the case of Al Qaeda paymaster Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi and in other cases. Al Qosi, by the way, entered into a plea bargain in 2010 under which a military jury recommended he serve 14 years in prison. In 2012, the Obama administration sent him back to Sudan. In 2014, Al Qosi reportedly joined AQIP (Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), and in 2015 he appeared in an AQIP video. —SJA]

The directive requires our defense sector to incorporate "climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to ad­dress climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning."

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