We will always have an environment, even if humans are not here to enjoy it. Our environment is pretty sophisticated, intertwined on itself and our understanding of the environment is just beginning to reveal its mystery. It is the resources that we are able to tap into, but the need for one resource often means that another resource will have to be compromised because the environment must remain in balance. We have already seen what happens when elements of the environment are changed or have been wiped out. The environment is not the same as it was yesterday or the way it will be tomorrow, but it will continue to evolve. It is always changing.

So, what constitutes the environment? I think that is an open question. I have authored and edited a number of studies on the subject and I have included some of them below. I will add an article or paper to the list as I am able. Some of the pieces are classified and will not be able to be included, but many been written at a unclassified level to encourage discussion.

  1. Author, Move Beyond Green – A Sustainability Community of Interest, IABulletin (May, 2011) http://iac.dtic.mil/iatac/download/Vol14_No2.pdf
  2. Author, Move Beyond Green: Using Web 2.0 to Build Sustainability, annotated briefing, Energy, Environment & Sustainability Symposium, New Orleans, LA 2011 http:// e2s2.ndia.org/pastmeetings/2011/tracks/Documents/12552.pdf
  3. Author, Building a Sustainability Ethic, annotated briefing, Energy, Environment & Sustainability Symposium, Denver, CO 2010 http://e2s2.ndia.org/pastmeetings/2010/tracks/Documents/10108.pdf
  4. Author, Using Sustainability to Build an Engagement Campaign, annotated briefing, Joint Services Environmental Management conference, 2008
  5. Author, Using Open Source Intelligence to Support Environmental Considerations, annotated briefing, Joint Services Environmental Management conference, 2007
  6. Co-Author, Command and Control Joint Functional Concept, Joint Staff, 2004
  7. Co-Editor, The Role of the Military in Protecting the World’s Water Resources, Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College, July 2000
  8. Co-Author and Editor, NATO CCMS Pilot Study Environment and Security in an International Context Final Report, March, 1999
  9. Author, “Integrating Civilian Space Imaging Assets in Support of Environment and Security in Coalition Operations,” Proceedings of the 3rd International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium, National Defense University, June, 1997
  10. Co-Author, “U.S. Special Operations Forces and Environmental Infrastructure,” Proceedings of the 8th Annual Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict Symposium, American Defense Preparedness Association, February 1997
  11. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: Briefing Book (1996)
  12. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: Briefing Book (1996)
  13. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of Pakistan (1996)
  14. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of Gaza (1996)
  15. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of Chiapas (1996)
  16. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of South Africa (1996)
  17. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: The Case of Rwanda (1995)
  18. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Urban Growth and Violence: Will the Future Resemble the Past? (1995)
  19. Editor, Project on Environment, Population and Security: Strategies for Studying Causation in Complex Ecological Political Systems (1995)