Today our nation remembers the service and sacrifices made by our veterans. This year’s holiday comes after a tumultuous political campaign. The nation voted, and now we have elected a commander in chief who has led many businesses. To be successful in any enterprise, you must lead. You lead by setting goals and having sound strategies for achieving them, by managing risk, and most importantly, by taking care of your people. Whether you are running a 50-person small business or the United States military, you will not be successful unless you support the people who have done the hard work, and in the case of the military, have been prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.

One of the many risks President-elect Trump will confront is climate change. Just as any good business owner or CEO would not consciously ignore a risk to their enterprise based on ideology, a president can’t ignore the risks of climate change. They are real, they are happening now, and they impact both men and women serving in our Armed Forces today, and our millions of veterans at home.

That’s why I and 24 other retired senior officers, civilian defense officials from Republican and Democratic administrations, and well-respected experts, recently signed a consensus statement that calls climate change a strategically-significant risk to our national security.

We need to manage that risk to maintain our military’s readiness, to anticipate the types of situations we will be required to operate in, and to ensure our bases at home, our critical domestic infrastructure and the economic foundations on which our power resides, to the benefit of veterans and all our citizens, remains strong.

Climate change affects our security in two ways.

First, it is putting our military bases and associated domestic infrastructure in the United States under growing pressure from rising sea levels, flooding, increasingly destructive storm surges, intense rainfalls and droughts, and indirect impacts from wildfires. All of these trends make it harder to train our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to deploy and fight the “away” game and to keep our forces ready to deploy.

Second, it can drive water shortages and crop failures, which can exacerbate or inflame existing tensions within or between states. These problems can lead to state failure, uncontrolled migration and ungoverned spaces.

This assessment is shared by our intelligence agencies. The National Intelligence Council (NIC) recently issued its most recent report on the implications of climate change for U.S. national security. It does not come from the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change, politicians of either party or an advocacy group, but from nonpartisan, senior U.S. intelligence professionals. The NIC report emphasizes that climate change is interacting with other large-scale demographic and migration trends to increase instability.

Our top-line recommendation of the Climate and Security Advisory Group – a voluntary, nonpartisan group of 43 U.S.-based military, national security, homeland security and intelligence experts, is to “mainstream” the issue by ensuring that U.S. leaders consider climate change on the same plane as other security issues, such as changing demographics, economics, political dynamics and other indicators of instability – as well as with low-probability, high-consequence threats like nuclear proliferation. We’ve produced a comprehensive briefing book that makes detailed recommendations for the new Administration about how to expand our efforts to address security risks associated with climate change.

Conservative groups poised to lose power under Trump

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Conservative groups are poised to lose power in Washington with the arrival of President-elect Donald Trump.

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In his acceptance speech, President-Elect Trump promised to take care of our veterans. He also said, “We are going to rebuild our infrastructure.” Both goals are necessary, and connected. We need to rebuild to account for current and future changes in climate and sea levels. We must rebuild our electrical infrastructure to better withstand manmade or natural shocks. Our veterans, with their technical and organizational experiences gained in service to our nation, are well suited to work in and lead such efforts.

The sea did not vote and does not care who was elected or what was said. It will simply continue to rise, as dictated by laws of physics. But our veterans and all Americans will care deeply. Our nation’s security abroad and well being at home is at stake.

Rear Admiral David W. Titley, U.S. Navy (ret), a former Oceanographer of the Navy, is on the advisory board of The Center for Climate and Security. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.

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There’s a laundry list of things President-elect Donald Trump could do on his own to modify the Affordable Care Act, even if Congress gets hung up on exactly how to repeal and replace it.

While the Affordable Care Act is a lengthy piece of legislation, the Obama administration issued many more pages of regulations and guidance explaining exactly how it should be implemented. The new administration, under the direction of Trump, could amend or get rid of those directives as soon as it’s in place next year, and thus significantly alter the law without having to wait for Congress.

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