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- DescriptionThis book is t about war, r is it a history of war. Avoiding the shock and awe of wartime images, it explores the contemporary spatial configurations of power camouflaged in the infrastructures, environments, and scales of military operations. Instead of wartime highs, this book starts with drawdown lows, when demobilization and decommissioning morph into realignment and prepositioning. It is in this transitional milieu that the full material magnitudes and geographic entanglements of contemporary militarism are laid bare. Through this perpetual cycle of build up and breakdown, the U.S. Department of Defense -- the single largest developer, landowner, equipment contractor, and energy consumer in the world -- has engineered a planetary assemblage of operational environments in which militarized, demilitarized, and n-militarized landscapes are increasingly inextricable. In a series of critical cartographic essays, Pierre Belanger and Alexander Arroyo trace this footprint far beyond the battlefield, countermapping the geographies of U.S. militarism across five of the most important and embattled operational environments: the ocean, the atmosphere, the highway, the city, and the desert. From the Indian Ocean atoll of Diego Garcia to the defense-contractor archipelago around Washington, D.C.; from the A01 Highway circling Afghanistan's high-altitude steppe to surveillance satellites pinging the planet from low-earth orbit; and from the vast cold chain conveying military perishables worldwide to the global constellation of military dumps, sinks, and scrapyards, the book unearths the logistical infrastructures and residual landscapes that render strategy spatial, militarism material, and power operational. In so doing, Belanger and Arroyo reveal unseen ecologies of power at work in the making and unmaking of environments -- operational, built, and otherwise -- to come.
- Author BiographyPierre Belanger is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Alexander Arroyo is a doctoral student in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Alexander Arroyo,Pierre Belanger
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication18/11/2016
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note521 color and b&w figures
- Width194 mm
- Height251 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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