Is Climate a National Security Problem?

Institute President Jeff Kueter considers arguments offered on May 3, 2012 by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta when he told the Environmental Defense Fund that “the area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security” because the various purported impacts of a warming climate “all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.” (“Panetta: Environment Emerges as National Security Concern,” American Forces Press Service, May 3, 2012),

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