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An Emerging Source of Conflict--World Environmental Degradation: The Military's Role in Restoration and Preservation.

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The worlds security posture is changing from one based primarily on military power to one that is much more dominated by economics. The western, industrial nations will rely more and more on the natural resources found in the emerging Third World democracies to keep their industrial economies growing. Similarly, the Third World countries must develop their natural resources responsibly in order to maintain long-term stability and prosperity for their fast-growing populations. However, the potential for environmental degradation through exploitation of the Third Worlds natural resources, and the huge pollution problem in the previous Warsaw Pact countries and the CIS are threats to economic growth and regional stability. Most of these emerging democracies are experiencing environmental problems and lack the experience, technology, and funds to correct pollution problems. If these problems are left unattended, the potential for migration, economic stagnation, and regional conflict will increase. The U.S. military has the structure, experience, expertise, and reputation to provide assistance world-wide in support of environmental restoration and preservation. Military involvement would also support the National Security Strategy through its forward presence and the promotion of regional stability. The next few years are critical to the economic success of many emerging democracies. The U.S. can best assist them, help sustain its own economy, and protect its vital interests by utilizing military units for domestic action projects in the Third World, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore the environment in eastern Europe and the CIS.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

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