This paper describes the problem of balancing national security needs and environmental quality concerns in the United States Department of Defense. The Department of Defense (DoD) is often symbolized to the public as military uniforms, fighters and bombers, aircraft carriers and submarines, tanks and missiles. But it is much more; it is a human organization concerned with the welfare of the citizens and the environment they live in. It would make little sense for DoD to be building the defenses of the nation if in doing so it was threatening the health of the environment. Defense should mean the defense of the environment, too.

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