Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Bombs AwayMilitarization, Conservation, and Ecological Restoration$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David G. Havlick

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226547541

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226547688.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Army Green

Army Green

(p.115) Six Army Green
Bombs Away

David G. Havlick

University of Chicago Press

The US Department of Defense and military supporters commonly present military-to-wildlife transitions as examples of the military's commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. While a number of military installations do commit to impressive programs to reduce waste or utilize renewable energy, the broader mission of the military remains focused on the ability to apply lethal force globally. This creates a paradox where military bases include ambitious sustainability programs while the larger institution continues to inflict unsustainable damage on people and places at multiple scales. Similarly, military lands include some of the best protected ecosystems but also some of the world's worst cases of contamination. This chapter focuses on these tensions and contradictions of militarized landscapes through the lens of ecological militarization. This concept highlights how military-to-wildlife conversions are not the simple win-win actions that supporters promote, but are also rife with asymmetries, inequalities, and risks.

Keywords:   sustainability, ecological militarization, military environmentalism, ecological modernization, military contamination, Pinon Canyon, BRAC

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.