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ANALYSIS – With an increasingly powerful and belligerent communist China breathing down our necks, threatening to start World War III over Taiwan, Russia cyber-attacking their way into every U.S. government nook and cranny, and Afghanistan turning into a new terror base, Joe Biden’s Pentagon is laser focused on battling – Climate Change.

Rather than confront the myriad real world military threats facing America today, Biden’s obsequious Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, is ensuring our troops are “climate literate,” declaring climate change to be a “critical national security issue.”

This, according to the first plan produced by Biden’s Pentagon, signed by Defense Secretary Austin and released on Oct. 7;  the Defense Department’s vaunted “Climate Adaptation Plan.”

The 32-page plan identifies numerous tasks the Pentagon will undertake to “enhance resilience to the effects of climate change” and “reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

As Thomas Spoehr, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, writes in The Hill:

The plan also identifies the need to develop a “climate literate and capable workforce.” As part of that effort, it intends to integrate “climate change literacy into all its training and education efforts, from skill-specific military education to graduate training in the war colleges.” No matter that, due to a high operational tempo and time constraints, service members already struggle to learn basic warrior tasks such as ship navigation or driver’s training for armored vehicles. Climate change will likely raise to the top of an already long list of topics requiring training.

Nor are Pentagon climate adaptation efforts confined to America. The plan calls for efforts to “build partner nation capacity to respond to climate change related hazards.” As the U.S. works to assemble strong coalitions to counter Chinese and Russian hegemony, our allies can look forward to U.S. military officials mansplaining how they, too, can become “climate-literate.” 

Spoehr adds:

This does not appear well-calculated to win military friends and influence allies, much less win wars. One might think the Pentagon has more pressing matters to attend to… like the Navy, which is struggling, without a defined path forward, to amass the numbers and types of ships needed to prevail in future conflicts. Or developing a clear strategy for deterring Chinese aggression.

The decision to prioritize working up a climate adaptation plan is puzzling but unfortunately not surprising. In Biden’s March 2021 Interim National Security Guidance, the topic of climate change was featured no fewer than 14 times, while the U.S. Navy or Army – subjects you might expect to see mentioned in a U.S. security strategy – received no mention whatsoever.

The Defense Department certainly does need to adapt to a changing climate. Multiple military installations are located on or near the ocean and must be hardened and made resilient. But when it comes to prioritizing efforts within the Pentagon, developing the capacity to deter military threats that pose near-term existential risks to the country must come first. China is reportedly doubling or possibly even tripling the size of its nuclear arsenal. North Korea continues to improve its ballistic missiles.

Planning how to respond to those lethal global military threats should be the number one Pentagon priority, not obsessing over the weather and greenhouse gasses. 

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Clara Barton
Clara Barton
1 month ago

Sounds more like a Democrat Defense Department is defending all of those who will get government loans to manufacture climate change products and then default on them, at the taxpayers’ expense.
The Sun shoots out solar flares. Changing weather patterns over the centuries happens as we travel through space, isn’t really the climate change that Democrats want to milk the public for. It’s weather. And warmer weather, bless its’ big hot heart, means less fuel consumption and more crops, a blessing.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 month ago
Reply to  Clara Barton

WHEN we get attacked by radical Islam again it won’t mean shit what the climate is

Bill
Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Amen, brother! OR China, OR Russia, OR God only knows Who else.

Bill
Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Clara Barton

Yes, several more Solyndra’s and we can be DESTITUTE.
Honest to God, SOMETHING’S got to be Done with All of these WackJobs, SOON!

David Baker
David Baker
1 month ago

Well, they have to invent SOME enemy to combat, since they’re not able to counter any force that fights back. Is it not ironic that liberals aren’t screaming to the rafters when their congressional and executive branch ‘heroes’ traipse around the country aboard carbon-spewing, luxury jet aircraft and limousines at taxpayer expense? (It’s also confusing to me that another of their ‘many’ angst-producing calamities–Young Children being exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke–is ignored as parents haul their kids into casinos to lose their nest eggs. There’s got to be some psychological term to describe such behavior. Hmm, let’s see……I’ve got it!

“ASSHOLES”!

Bill
Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  David Baker

They’re as SICK as SICK Gets!
LIBERALISM DESTROYS! And Boy!, are we ever seeing it in action and FEELING it!
Thus is gettin’ Reeeeeeeal CRITICAL.

Saralucas@msn.com
1 month ago
Reply to  David Baker

You nailed it

Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
1 month ago

I’m curious has our Defense Secretary taken a MANDATORY drug test?….his priorities are so out of touch with the world we live in and the dangers from Foreign Powers and Terrorists, that you have to believe he isn’t thinking rationally……well, if something seriously bad happens while he’s focused on whether in 20 years the Sahara Desert is 1/2 a degree warmer, I hope that he is personally held accountable……maybe he can figure out a way to send some of his hot air to Anatartica, since it is the coolest there, than it has been in the last 50 decades

Bill
Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

ACCOUNTABLE?!!! CERTAINLY you Jest!!!
These Godless IDIOTS are right out a friggin’ Nightmare.
THIS MUST ALL BE REIGNED IN SOON IF WE ARE TO SURVIVE