Climate Highlights

Climate change strategy drives training across Army
by Thomas Milligan, USAEC 

After years of research and planning, in response to what is recognized as an existential national security threat, the U.S. Army in February unveiled its first-ever climate strategy.

The comprehensive document, available at contains information on the threats posed to Army readiness, Soldiers and to the overall mission by climate change. It is intended to guide decision making in response to threat to unit sustainability, readiness and resiliency. It also sets a course to reduce future climate impacts.

“The Army must adapt across our entire enterprise and purposefully pursue greenhouse gas mitigation strategies to reduce climate risks. If we do not take action now, across our installations, acquisition and logistics, and training, our options to mitigate these risks will become more constrained with each passing year," said Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, in announcing the climate strategy.

For Kenneth D. Norman, Chief of the Environmental Strategic Action Branch of the U.S. Army Environmental Command, this policy change, and the need to educate, share information and vital training on the strategy and its implementation, has driven his work.

“What we are focusing on is communicating the climate change policy, and also helping to get the training for the garrisons and their leadership,” he said, noting that the climate strategy announcement has helped drive focus on the challenges ahead and increased interest in looking for the right solutions to deal with these changes while maintaining the highest level of focus on the mission.

“We have to make sure we have a stable and resilient future for our country and for our army,” he said. “We are taking the steps necessary to make sure we are continually staying ahead of where things are going, and how we’re going to be adapting to the future.”


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