Late last month, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced that it is opening a Center on Climate Change and National Security.
The Center will focus on the national security impact of phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts, and heightened competition for natural resources. It will provide support to American policymakers as they negotiate, implement, and verify international agreements on environmental issues.
According to a press release, the new Center will do more than bring together expertise about the effect environmental factors can have on political, economic, and social stability overseas. It will also be aggressive in outreach to academics and think tanks working on the issue.
“Decision makers need information and analysis on the effects climate change can have on security. The CIA is well positioned to deliver that intelligence,” said Director Leon Panetta.
The Center is a small unit led by senior specialists from the Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Science and Technology.