New Definitions of National Security
Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared
Via Institute for Policy Studies / October 2016
The U.S. military’s latest National Security Strategy says that climate change is “an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water.”
What they don’t say is that the overall balance of U.S. security spending should be adjusted to fit that assessment. And we know less about how much we are spending on this urgent threat than we used to, since the federal government hasn’t produced a climate security budget since 2013.
In this new report, Combat vs. Climate, the Institute for Policy Studies steps in to provide the most accurate climate change security budget currently available, drawing data from multiple agencies. And it looks at how these expenditures stack up within the overall ‘security budget.’
Tags: Environmental Security; Environmental Security, National Security; Global Security
Environmental Security/National Security
Environmental Issues: Responding to Conflicts
Interactive knowledge platform for policymakers and the public to discuss ideas, research, and practical experiences on climate change and conflict.
- ECC Platform/Maps
- Interactive Factbook
- Climate Diplomacy
- Climate Change and the Syrian Civil War (ECC Factbook Conflict Analysis)
- ECC News and Updates
Global Security Issues: Cooperation
Climate Agreement Signing at the United Nations
Paris Climate Agreement Tracker / CAIT Climate Data Explorer
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The Trump Administration and US Congress Move to Deeply Cut NASA/NOAA/EPA
- Climate Action News via GreenPolicy
- Earth Science/Earth & Space Politics
- Earth Science Research from Space
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Fundamental Security Questions
Advancing Earth-Research from Space
A 21st Century Challenge
Strategic Demands, in association with GreenPolicy360, continues to visualize National Security as integrally linked to environmental security.
Our work focuses on three strategic currents:
- Environmental Security — enabled by the developing global Internet — connecting and bringing together online “netizens”, science and political ideas; re-defining security concepts and goals
- Environmental Security — an interdisciplinary scientific venture — challenging traditional disciplines; addressing climate change/global warming, biosphere sustainability, and related threat environments; demanding solutions across national borders
- Environmental Security — integrally connected to Earth exploration — creating next generation Earth Science with advanced technology, Earth systems observation, monitoring and data analysis; NASA and European Space Agency coordinated research; “New Space” companies and Planet APIs, space-earth ventures and open data sharing… new definitions of security, new best business practices, new concepts of national/global citizenship.
An Internet-enabled world connecting billions is changing how we see security
Strategic Demands urges Earth monitoring science be ‘rapidly deployed’ to evaluate and provide policy recommendations for essential national and global Environmental Security.
Recent scientific studies have identified a widening range of threats, and threat multipliers. The threat horizon extends across national borders, connecting countries with mutual security interests. ‘Existential’ questions have become a first-order, actionable priority.
#EarthScience from space should have a distinctly critical role in security policy. A shift of emphasis from first-generation command-and-control military and communication applications in space is in process, as demonstrated by newly launched earth-facing programs, earth resource baselines, and acquiring data for #biosphere monitoring and wide-spectrum Environmental Security assessments.
From Strategic Demand’s associate — GreenPolicy360
Update: May 2015 / Severe Cuts to NASA Earth Science programs proposed
As an unprecedented array of earth monitoring satellites are launched, a Republican faction of the US Congress moves to undercut vitally important national security work of NASA
“A phenomenally productive year” — NASA-JPL News
“Over the past 12 months NASA has added five missions to its orbiting Earth-observing fleet – the biggest one-year increase in more than a decade…”
“Strategic, global security missions”
NASA opens a new era in its exploration of our home planet with the launch of the first in a series of #EarthScience instruments to the International Space Station.
New earth-observing array of instruments will be ”exterior mounted” on the #ISS. ISS-RapidScat will monitor ocean winds for climate research, weather predictions and hurricane monitoring. The second instrument, the laser Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), will measure clouds and location and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, and other particulates in the atmosphere. #RapidScat #ISS Climate Mission #EarthRightNow
OCO-2 with ‘A-Train’ courtesy of NASA
Environmental Security/Earth Science
Strategic Demands envisions Environmental Security as an integral, essential security concern within the multi-trillion dollar funded traditional fields of national security.
Classic military doctrines are now challenged by a new foe, a foe that is neither a rival nation, ideology, or asymmetrical force. This new threat on the horizon challenges all nations and all people. This threat requires new ways of seeing, new ways of gathering intelligence, whether signals (SIGINT), electronic (ELINT), and/or human (HUMINT). The threats are human-caused and naturally occurring and require new spectra of strategic solutions, local and global tactics, coordinated actions and a yet-to-be-developed revision of classical economic thought.
In this security policy endeavor, Strategic Demands is developing “new definitions of national security“, global and local security. We see an integrated system requiring integral ecology. Our background urges a vision that comes from an understanding of #Earth360 concerns, even as we face and speak to the quotidian realities of geo-politics and on-the-ground conflict and strategic needs.
ln alignment with our Environmental and National Security initiatives, we support the following think-tanks and organizations in their work to define, support, enhance and extend the developing field of Environmental Security
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Truman National Security Project (Clean Energy Campaign)
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