According to Task & Purpose, the home of the Pentagon's “nuclear strategic deterrence and global strike capabilities" has flooded due to torrential downpours. A third of the Offutt Air Force Base located in Nebraska is completely submerged in water after a "bomb cyclone" barraged the Midwest with rain and snow.
The cyclone has killed two people, and as of Monday morning, two are missing. Historic flooding in the Platte and Missouri rivers and surrounding areas has submerged hundreds of homes in Iowa and Nebraska in water, as state-wide declarations of emergency and disaster swept the Midwest.
The events serve as an dark reminder of the threat that erratic weather and climate change pose to national security and safety. In a January report, the Pentagon warned of “the effects of a changing climate...a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations.”
The report noted that dozens of Air Force installations and bases are susceptible to climate effects, but Offutt was not among the listed sites at risk.
“Global environmental and ecological degradation, as well as climate change, are likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond,” a report by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) said.
The president disagreed with the DNI's Worldwide Threat Assessment, and the administration intends to challenge the DNI’s position on climate change.