Thomas Catenacci, DCNF
The Department of Defense (DOD) said Wednesday that China and climate change were “equally important” threats to U.S. national security.
“We get paid to examine all the threats to our national security,” Defense Department press secretary John Kirby told reporters. “And I don’t know that it does anybody good to put some sort of relative analysis assessment on that. You’ve heard the secretary talk about the climate as a — a real and existential national security threat, and it is, not just to the United States, but to countries all over the world.”
“And we considered China as the number one pacing challenge for the department. Both are equally important,” he continued. “Both are challenges that the secretary wants the senior leadership at the Pentagon to be focused on.”
President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have repeatedly warned that climate change is a major national security threat for Americans and the entire world. Since taking office, the president has implemented policies designed to curb U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and transition the nation’s energy reliance to renewable sources.
The DOD’s plan said climate change was a national security threat and hurts American military readiness.
“Around the world, climate change is a destabilizing force, demanding new missions of us and altering the operational environment,” Austin wrote in the report’s forward. “At the same time, climate-related extreme weather affects military readiness and drains our resources.”
The Pentagon published a separate climate analysis report on Oct. 21 which again highlighted the tactical challenges climate change poses to armed forces.
“Climate change that exacerbates insecurity and instability in one region may disrupt nomadic population movements and/or contribute to temporary or permanent migration that impacts other regions,” the report stated.
However, multiple intelligence assessments have pegged China as the biggest threat to the U.S. In April, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its annual threat assessment report which concluded the Chinese government “will continue its whole-of-government efforts to spread China’s influence, undercut that of the United States, drive wedges between Washington and its allies and partners, and foster new international norms that favor the authoritarian Chinese system.”
The Pentagon revealed last week that China was developing its nuclear weapons arsenal faster than the U.S.
DOD declined to comment further on the matter when asked by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected]
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- Jeanine Pirro says goodbye to her audience in final show - January 24, 2022
- Tony Podesta has now earned $1 million lobbying Biden White House for blacklisted Chinese tech giant - January 22, 2022
- Frats will be allowed to throw parties again at this school, but only if they have chaperones blocking bedrooms - January 22, 2022