Apparently, even the U.S. Department of Defense has decided to jump on the sustainability-as-a-buzzword bandwagon. In late August, at a “Sustainable Ranges Initiative Conference and Exhibition” in San Antonio, Texas, experts in range management and sustainability will come together to discuss ways to promote sustainability on the military’s “operational ranges and training areas” (read: practice bombing zones). Potential topics include endangered species, soil and water quality, and the development of “green munitions.”

Whatever that means. Making any part of war “sustainable” sounds like an oxymoron to me. I’m envisioning an F-16 dropping a payload in the desert somewhere, which, upon impact, causes butterflies, daffodils, and spotted owls to spring forth and disperse merrily across the range.

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