Strengthening Our Resilience to Environmental Change Is a National Security Imperative

By Catherine Pennington

The accelerating pace of environmental change has given rise to a challenging array of domestic and global scenarios with high potential to destabilize domestic security and geopolitical equilibrium, threatening U.S. interests at home and abroad.

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Recovery from the destruction brought by coastal flooding, extreme weather, wildfires, and droughts costs the United States billions of dollars per year, and is putting at risk the systems, infrastructure, and institutions that comprise our national security.

Regardless of the causes of environmental change, creating resilience to meet these impending challenges is a national security imperative that requires a comprehensive strategy, open data sharing in partnership with industry, and a common resilience framework across regions and localities.

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