U.s. National Security Strategy Essay

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“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.” These words from the U.S. National Security Strategy show the United States is moving forward on addressing the challenges posed by climate change. The Department of Defense published the 2014 Climate Change Adaption roadmap establishing three overarching goals and four lines of effort to guide geographic combatant commands, military agencies, and departments in their efforts to identify and meet the challenges of climate change. Of all the challenges, one needs more emphasis today since it could have far reaching impacts on U.S. National Security Interests: the ever-growing scarcity of water resources.
Water, essential to human life as much as the air we breathe, is becoming a more valuable resource as areas once with abundant water are now running low and nations must make choices on how to provide and share this resource not only with their citizens but with their neighboring countries as well. Asia, with 65 percent of the world’s population but with only 47 percent of the global average of fresh water per person must work with its neighbors to develop sustainable and share sustainable water resources. The Middle East’s ongoing water crisis could lead to government instability, civil war, and failed states. Over Sixty percent of the regions surface water flows from

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