I have a short blog post on the OUP Academic website, summarizing an argument made in my 2015 article for International Political Sociology (“Militarism in Environmental Disguise: The Greenwashing of an Overseas Military Base“):
Across the globe, the garrison state has “gone green” as national militaries have become partly involved in stewardship of the natural environment. On the face of it, this is a puzzling development. After all, protecting plants and animals from the depredations of humankind is not a job that most people expect from women and men in uniform. Yet the co-existence of militarized sites with environmental protection zones is now commonplace, with military organizations increasingly taking a role in conserving the natural world—at least nominally. How and why has this shift come about? And for whose benefit and expense?