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The Department of Defense and federal agencies across government have released their Climate Adaptation Plan 2022 progress report. Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and Executive Order 14057 Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability, require each federal agency to develop climate adaptation plans, better known as CAPs, and annual progress reports to communicate agency action to strengthen adaptation and resilience to climate change.

The DOD has identified climate change as a critical national security issue. Climate change will continue to amplify operational demands on the force, degrade the resilience of installations and infrastructure, increase health risks to our military, and require changes to existing and planned equipment requirements.

This is the end state of CAP, to ensure that DOD can operate in changing climatic conditions, preserving operational capability and enhancing natural and man-made systems critical to the department’s success.

The progress report summarizes the significant steps the department has taken to address climate-related threats across the five lines of effort outlined in the 2021 Climate Adaptation Plan signed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on September 1, 2021.

LOE 1 Climate-Informed Decision Making

Climate-informed decision-making is underway across the Department of Defense and continues to be a priority with support from senior leadership. Climate considerations and energy resilience are included in key DOD strategy and planning documents, such as the National Defense Strategy and National Military Strategy, which guide how the DOD addresses national security challenges.

In the fall of 2021, the Department released the CAP, the CAP Companion Document Highlights and Examples for the Department of Defense Climate Adaptation Plan and the Department of Defense Climate Risk Analysis, signed by Austin on October 7, 2021, all of which anchor departmental initiatives focused on how to train, fight and win with due consideration of the effects of climate change at all levels of the business.

Military departments and services are taking bold steps to accelerate climate adaptation and aligning their efforts with the department’s CAP. Each military department has published a plan or strategy to operationalize climate change adaptation and mitigation, with actions to improve force readiness, resilience and capabilities.

LOE 2 Train and equip a climate-ready force

The DOD prepares combat forces capable of operating in the most extreme and adverse weather and terrain conditions. Ongoing actions include the evaluation and review of testing and training programs, equipment, exercises and acquisition for the integration of climate change considerations.

LOE 3 Resilient Built and Natural Settlement Infrastructure

Improving the resilience of built and natural facility infrastructure is an ongoing effort. The DOD engages in comprehensive facility assessments, including facility energy, water and climate resilience, integrated natural resource management plans, and the master planning process.

LOE 4 Supply Chain Resilience and Innovation

The DOD continues to assess the resilience of its supply chain and how it can leverage purchasing power to drive innovation and deployment of climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies. The DOD is committed to strengthening the industrial base and establishing a network of national and allied supply chains to meet national security needs.

LOE 5 Improving adaptation and resilience through collaboration

Collaboration to improve adaptation and resilience is underway across the Department. The DOD strengthened existing partnerships, formed new partnerships, and increased the capabilities and capabilities of its adaptation and resilience program.

Climate risk reduction and vulnerability assessments

Management, through its climate assessment tool, has developed a structured method for assessing operational risk in the face of climatic hazards. This online data portal accessible by common access card supports climate-informed decision-making to increase resilience to climate hazards while preserving operational capacity and protecting systems critical to DOD’s success.

DOD recently released DCAT updates to respond to the Secretary of Defense’s 2021 Climate Leaders Summit deliverable to include all major U.S. national facilities by April 2022.

Climate Literacy

The DOD integrates climate change into the education and training programs of the entire military and civilian workforce. In January 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks approved the creation of a Climate Literacy Sub-Task Force, reporting to the DOD Climate Task Force and Director of Sustainability. Educating, training, engaging and empowering a climate-informed workforce puts the department on a proactive footing.

Tribal engagement

The DOD is committed to respecting tribal sovereignty and self-determination; tribal treaty rights; the government-to-government relationship and compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies relating to tribal consultation requirements. In October 2021, Secretary Austin signed the 2021 Tribal Treaty Rights Interagency Memorandum of Understanding, joining 16 other signatory agencies.

In the coming months, DOD will host virtual regional listening sessions with Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. Territories on climate impact considerations on tribal treaty rights. , livelihood and natural and cultural resources.

Environmental Justice

The Ministry is working to integrate environmental justice into the implementation of the CAP. The DOD has developed an Environmental Justice Strategy to address environmental justice in National Environmental Policy Act programs and policies. The strategy seeks to ensure that environmental justice is not limited to these processes, but rather is integrated into all DOD missions, strategy, planning, and systems.

The senior leadership of the Department of Defense is focused on addressing climate change across the department and continues close cooperation and engagement with all those who have an interest in our national security.

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