House Armed Services Dems demand Pentagon offer more complete climate change report

House Armed Services Dems demand Pentagon offer more complete climate change report
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The head of the House Armed Services Committee is urging acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE to revise a study on climate change and its impacts on national security that lawmakers say was incomplete.

Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithOvernight Defense: Esper officially nominated for Defense secretary | Pentagon silent on Turkey getting Russian missile system | House, Senate headed for clash over defense bill House and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran MORE (D-Wash.), along with fellow committee members Jim LangevinJames (Jim) R. LangevinOvernight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales House passes bill to establish DHS cyber 'first responder' teams Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment MORE (D-R.I.), and John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiBipartisan House duo unveils amendment to block Iran strike without Congress's approval House panel shoots down funding, deployment of low-yield nukes in defense bill Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland MORE (D-Calif.), on Monday sent a letter to Shanahan requesting that he revise the congressionally mandated report, which they said failed to meet basic requirements laid out in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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“The final report submitted to Congress lacks key deliverables mandated ... and is at odds with the plain language of the NDAA,” the lawmakers write.

The report did not hold information that Congress ordered it to include, such as a list of the 10 installations from each military service most vulnerable in the next 20 years. 

It was also supposed to include specific mitigation measures to alleviate climate risks at installations, as well as cost estimates for such efforts.

“The Department's final report included no such list, nor a specific discussion of costs, in contravention of the requirements of the NDAA. The report also includes no methodological justification for its failure to mention United States Marine Corps bases or vulnerabilities to any overseas installations,” the letter states.

The Pentagon earlier this month delivered the report to Congress, revealing that more than two-thirds of operationally critical military installations are threatened by the effects of climate change over the next 20 years.

The study, titled “Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense,” found that, out of 79 “mission assurance priority installations” from the Army, Air Force and Navy, 53 are at risk for flooding, 43 are at risk for drought and 36 are at risk for wildfires. Those numbers are on track to increase in the next 20 years, according to the document.

After the report’s release, Democratic lawmakers quickly criticized the report as incomplete.

“It demonstrates a continued unwillingness to seriously recognize and address the threat that climate change poses to our national security and military readiness,” Smith said in a statement.

The lawmakers ask for the revised version to be delivered on or before April 1.