Army releases new climate strategy
The United States Army released its new climate strategy on Feb. 8. The strategy aims to prepare Soldiers for a future impacted by climate change, and focuses on three lines of effort – Army installations, acquisition and logistics, and training.
Included in the strategy are goals to reduce the Army’s emissions by 50% by 2030, transition to electric noncombat vehicles by 2035, and develop electric combat vehicles by 2050. The strategy also underscores the importance of partnerships between other branches of the U.S. military, local and federal agencies, industry, and academia to achieve these goals.
In their foreword, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth states that “For today’s Soldiers operating in extreme temperature environments, fighting wildfires, and supporting hurricane recovery, climate change isn’t a distant future, it is a reality.” Wormuth goes on to say that “The Army will lead by example… We will engage with local communities and foreign partners to ensure mutual readiness and security in a rapidly changing environment.”