Greening of the U.S. Military: Environmental Policy, National Security, and Organizational Change / Edition 2

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Durant explores the epic and ongoing struggle in the post-Cold War period to build a corporate sense of responsibility within the U.S. military for ensuring that its day-to-day operations promote national security without compromising public health, safety, and the environment. As the Cold War drew to a close in the George H.W. Bush administration, U.S. military bases harbored nearly 20,000 toxic waste sites, covering nearly 27 million acres of contaminated property. Then-Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney launched an initiative to incorporate good environmental actions into the daily business of defense. Durant's chronicle of the struggle between the military and environmental proponents--which drew in members of Congress, the presidency, state governments, environmental interest groups, and affected citizens--reveals how difficult instilling a resistant military with a green ethic has proved to be.
Durant analyzes the dynamics of the efforts to hold the military accountable to environmental and natural resources laws in such matters as base cleanups, pollution prevention, natural resources management, and chemical weapons demilitarization. He scrutinizes the patterns of politics and strategies used by the key players and develops a framework for studying large-scale organizational change in the public sector. This rich story draws implications for intergovernmental regulation, organizational change, national security, and environmental politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011533
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Public Management and Change Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,314,270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert F. Durant is professor of public administration and policy at American University. He has received numerous research awards, including the 2000 Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management; the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book on U.S. national policy from the American Political Science Association; and the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.

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Table of Contents



1. A World Apart?

2. Greening, National Security, and the Postmodern Military

3. About-Face at the Pentagon?

4. Base Cleanups, Sovereign Impunity, and the Expansion of the Beaten Zone

5. Guns, Dogs, Fences, and Base Transfers

6. Missiles, Mayhem, and the Munitions Rule

7. Natural Resources Management, Miltary Training, and the Greening of the Drone Zone

8. Safety, Security, and Chemical Weapons Demilitarization

9. Pollution Prevention, Energy Conservation, and the Perils of Châteaux Generalship

10. Avoiding the Harder Right in the Post-Clinton Era?

11. Lessons for Practice and Theory


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