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Wideband radar polarimetry: low frequency-to-optical imaging--an essential tool in planetary enfironmental defense--the challenge of the next century, and a viable new role for the world militaries
Author(s): Wolfgang-Martin Boerner; James B. Cole
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Paper Abstract

Civilization as we know it is threatened by environmental degradation on a global scale which, if continued unchecked, will soon reach a critical mass that will devastate the Earth's ecological life support systems just as surely as could a full scale nuclear war. We summarize first-hand observations of the current ecological situation in Eastern Europe and around the world. We report on critical situations such as new diseases, the water supply and its contamination that have come to light only in recent years. We find that our greatest threat today is not from other nations trying to conquer us, but from our own capacity to destroy our environment and with it ourselves along with our planetary flora and fauna. Indeed, this is the greatest enemy of our times, one that we need to recognize and fight before we lose a battle that we did not foresee. To counter this imminent threat, we propose a new post-war role for the US military in a global environmental defense initiative in which our military capabilities would be restructured into a planetary environmental defense force.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1748, Radar Polarimetry, (12 February 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140611
Show Author Affiliations
Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, Univ. of Illinois/Chicago (United States)
James B. Cole, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1748:
Radar Polarimetry
Harold Mott; Wolfgang-Martin Boerner, Editor(s)

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