How Will Global Water Problems Impact U.S. National Security?

waterThe Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) “Global Water Security,” prepared by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is designed to answer the question: “How will water problems (shortages, poor water quality, or floods) impact US national security interests over the next 30 years?”

The bottom line of the report is: “During the next 10 years, many countries important to the United States will experience water problems—shortages, poor water quality, or floods—that will risk instability and state failure, increase regional tensions, and distract them from working with the United States on important US policy objectives. Between now and 2040, fresh water availability will not keep up with demand absent more effective management of water resources. Water problems will hinder the ability of key countries to produce food and generate energy, posing a risk to global food markets and hobbling economic growth. As a result of demographic and economic development pressures, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia will face major challenges coping with water problems.”

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