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 ShanahanMulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet Overnight Defense: Trump issues first veto over 'reckless' emergency resolution | Pompeo moves to restrict international court probing war crimes | Trump taps Air Force general for NATO commander Trump taps Air Force general to be top NATO commander MORE to revise a study on climate change and its impacts on national security that lawmakers say was incomplete.

Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithHouse Armed Services chair denounces new limits on transgender service members Overnight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget House Armed Services chairman casts doubt over Trump's proposed Space Force budget MORE (D-Wash.), along with fellow committee members Jim LangevinJames (Jim) R. LangevinHillicon Valley: Tech tries to stop spread of New Zealand shooting video | Booker says big tech must do more to combat online hate | US allies drawn into Huawei fight | O'Rourke not 'proud' of being in hacking group as teenager Escalating battle with Huawei ensnares US allies Papering over climate change impacts is indefensible MORE (D-R.I.), and John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiTrump's emergency declaration looms over Pentagon funding fight House Dems demand Pentagon provide details about plans to fund Trump border wall Dem lawmaker: 'The president has it in for California' 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.