Simulation Analysis of Resource Depletion and Climate Change Trends

Simulation Analysis of Resource Depletion and Climate Change Trends Aerospace researchers are studying combined climate change models and creating simulation studies to assist the military in planning for future trends and potential world crises. Michael J. Baxter U.S. national security is increasingly being threatened by a number of global trends. These include climate change, pollution, […]  More »

Broadband Satellite Communications for Future U.S. Military and Coast Guard Operations in an Ice-Free Arctic

Broadband Satellite Communications for Future U.S. Military and Coast Guard Operations in an Ice-Free Arctic The Aerospace Corporation is exploring possibilities for satellite broadband services in the Arctic, as that region is rapidly changing because of ice melt. Patrick L. Smith, Leslie A. Wickman, and Inki A. Min   During the past 23 years, 41 […]  More »

A Call to Action

A Call to Action Severe weather and worsening environmental conditions will be detrimental to the performance and readiness of military operations at home and abroad. Additionally, the effects of climate change will be felt simultaneously by allies, potential adversaries, and unstable governments around the globe. Deployed U.S. forces could find that their capabilities are degraded […]  More »

The Climate Change Threat: How Does It Differ from Conventional Threats?

The Climate Change Threat: How Does It Differ from Conventional Threats? It is not coming from a conventional (human) adversary. As a result, it cannot be deterred or fought by conventional means, such as building weapons, installing traditional early warning systems, or employing diplomacy. Rather, deterrence requires technological breakthroughs coupled with alteration of societal practices […]  More »

Multinational Monitoring

Multinational Monitoring The global proliferation of remote sensing satellite systems is allowing space to contribute more than ever to climate and disaster monitoring. The growing capabilities and numbers of such satellites are providing tangible benefits that will increase as climate change effects are felt. Two examples of how these contributions are being coordinated include: The […]  More »

Climate Change and National Security: Implications for Space Systems

Climate Change and National Security: Implications for Space Systems The effects of climate change constitute an unprecedented threat to global security and military readiness. What, if anything, can the space community do to prepare? James A. Vedda The United States has spent the last several decades configuring its security establishment to confront ideological foes with […]  More »

Profile: Marty Ross

Profile: Martin Ross, Senior Project Engineer, Commercial Launch Projects Rockets, Soot, and the Stratosphere   Could rocket launches be regulated in the future because rocket engines emit soot into the stratosphere? That is the question Marty Ross and fellow scientists are striving to answer with their research into rocket emissions and climate, research that has […]  More »

From the Editors

  From the Editors The U.S. government has increasingly come to recognize climate change as a threat to national security. Military and intelligence services now consider the impacts of climate change in their strategic planning activities, and various branches of the military have begun to assess new missions that could arise in a climate-altered world—some […]  More »

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