Military

Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting
Air Force pushed to find alternative to ‘forever chemicals’ for firefighting
Can air bases come up with a less toxic foam and work with local communities affected by contamination?
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
The City of Clovis has a water contamination problem but no easy way to fix it.
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Decriminalization campaigns follow a Denver ballot initiative to regulate shrooms that passed last year.
The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion
The Latest: Southern Colorado protected from proposed Army base expansion
Now, Fort Carson can't be enlarged without Congressional approval.
Accidental Wilderness
Accidental Wilderness
Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.
3:10 to Baghdad
In the desert outside of Yuma, Ariz., the United States military prepares for overseas combat.
The legacy of the 10th Mountain men
Peter Shelton spends a day skiing and reminiscing with the veterans of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
Bombing away in Socorro, New Mexico
Paul Krza says Socorro, N.M., is being stressed to its limits by the constant booms and bangs of nearby bomb-testing.
How many nuclear bombs do we need?
Laura Paskus meets a woman who survived Hiroshima and now works as an anti-nuclear activist.
Eminent domain’s poster children
Eminent domain’s poster children
Ranchers in southeastern Colorado are fighting the Army, which wants to expand its Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site.
UnGuarded
The National Guard is suffering at home as equipment – and troops – go off to Iraq
Commemorating the Vietnam War in northern New Mexico
The writer thinks of reconciliation as he describes commemorative activities to come in northern New Mexico and a visit he made a year ago to Vietnam
Bomb test stirs up fear in Nevada desert
"Divine Strake" — a proposed weapons detonation at the Nevada Test Site – has stirred up fears of radioactive contamination and the possibility of a new nuclear arms race
A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter
A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane
Western military bases still reporting for duty
Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota narrowly escape being shut down by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission
Military Base Closures in the West
Chart of military base closures in the West
Leavin' on a Jet Plane
The Air Force wants to close Cannon Air Force Base, but the nearby town of Clovis, N.M., is not ready to let go of its main economic engine
Pueblo happily hangs on to mustard gas
The aging chemical weapons stored at the Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot will stay in Colorado and be destroyed on site
A little-known clause can be a killer
The writer wants parents to exercise their rights and challenge military recruiters in high school
California scores a goal for perchlorate cleanup
California decides to set its own new "public health goal" for perchlorate contamination, but critics point out that it is both legally unenforceable and lower than the previous goal
Perchlorate: It’s not just for rocket fuel anymore
Some watchdog groups say the Pentagon is trying to avoid responsibility for pollution from the perchlorate used in military munitions
A citizen soldier looks beyond war
A World War II veteran of the 10th Mountain Division believes that saving trees and rivers is the best possible way to honor soldiers like him – especially as the nation stands on the brink of another war.
While the nation goes to war, the Pentagon lobs bombs at environmental laws
The military is seeking national security exemptions to federal environmental laws on the 25 million acres of land it controls
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