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Remember ‘Green’ Army Men?

Like when we were kids?

plastic-toy-soldiers

Well, they’re back!  Kinda…

US Army wants bullets that turn into plants over time.  Projectiles and casings can take “hundreds of years” to break down.

The US military may not seem like the greenest of organizations, but if rising seas and temperatures produce worldwide chaos, they’re the ones that have to deal with that shit. Now, the Department of Defense is trying to tackle environmental problems caused by spent bullets and casings on its firing ranges by using composite materials laced with seeds.

The military fires hundreds of thousands of rounds during training, ranging from bullets to 155mm artillery shells. While casings are collected, and often recycled, the bullets themselves generally aren’t, and can take “hundreds of years” to break down in the environment. That can pollute the soil and water supply, harm animals, and generally look like crap if you stumble upon them.

To tackle the problem, the DoD has made a proposal call for a biodegradable composite bullet impregnated with seeds that will survive the initial blast and searing velocities. The seeds should only sprout after being in the ground for several months and be safe for animals to consume.

(in part, from Engadget, courtesy of Doc in Yuma)

Now, I’m all about being green, as long as doing so isn’t tied to some phony, leftist political agenda (like ‘global warming’ mentioned above).  Or if the newfangled green technology does more harm than good – like the ‘wind farms’ killing birds in exchange for sketchy power.

Should the military be concerned about what they leave behind?  Certainly.  Look at the land mines and unexploded ordinance problem.

How much is being spent on this?  Versus the veterans with PTSD and debilitating injuries?

Frankly, I’m more concerned with those being left behind.

 

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Discussion

8 thoughts on “Remember ‘Green’ Army Men?

  1. How much is being spent on researching the call for new tech? Way too much: this is the US military we’re talking about, so that’s a given. $600 toilet seats, my Aunt Fanny.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 10, 2017, 11:05 am
  2. Sigh… It was NOT a $600 toilet seat… It was a $4 toilet seat on a $594 dollar structural part… 😛

    Posted by Old NFO | January 10, 2017, 3:33 pm
  3. Apparently the DOD has too much time and MONEY on it’s hands. Spend money and time on stuff that actually works to kill enemies.
    Heads up dipsticks! When ALL the enemies are gone, dead and buried (or disappear in a red mist) you can play Save the Planet. Your retirement from DOD and induction into the Sierra Club will be duly noted.
    Until then, stick to your knitting. That’s what We The People are paying for!

    Posted by KM | January 10, 2017, 9:39 pm
    • AMEN! And care for those of yours who need it.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | January 10, 2017, 9:46 pm
      • Good point. You made it in your original post and I forgot to mention it.
        There are so many vets now that had/have a hugely increased combat workload compared to the ones sent to Vietnam. Those vets might need a LOT of mental help.
        Something our esteemed Senator J. McCain {ptui!} could have been front and center on since he is majority leader in the Armed Services Committee and so many problems got aired out nationally from the Phx VA – which still sucks!
        Apparently the Veterans Services Committee should have been the main flag bearer on the issue but they’re neutered and blind….

        Posted by KM | January 11, 2017, 6:53 am
      • Yes. McCain is worthless.

        Posted by guffaw1952 | January 11, 2017, 8:21 am

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