Combat Zoming

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University of Nevada Press, 1993 - History - 144 pages
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In 1982 Ronald Reagan initiated the largest military buildup ever seen during peacetime. While the buildup focused on new weapons and increases in force structure, it also involved more intense use of existing ranges and greater demand for new land and airspace.
Most of the land acquisition occurred in the West. In Idaho the U.S. Air Force requested 1.3 million acres to expand existing bombing ranges. The National Guard sought a 1-million-acre tank-training range in Montana. The U.S. Army proposed to expand the Fort Irwin tank range in California by 250,000 acres. But nowhere has the military's hunger for land created more concern than in Nevada. Proposals for use of Nevada's most plentiful resource include a 600,000-acre tank-training range and a 500,000-acre expansion of navy bombing ranges.
The unrestrained procurement of public lands by the armed forces has caused considerable controversy among Nevadans and has raised public demand for active involvement in the planning process for military ranges. In Combat Zoning, David Loomis provides an objective analysis of the withdrawal of public lands for military use by all of the armed services.
The primary theme that emerges from this study is that a lack of citizen participation in the development of military land-use plans is a weakness in the planning process for these lands. Loomis argues that public lands are the common legacy of all citizens; consequently, their participation in decisions affecting those lands is a right, not a privilege, even when national security is at stake. Military planners should seek out and welcome that participation.
Combat Zoning provides the general public and land-use planners with a clear picture of military planning and how it has affected one western state. It applies lessons learned about participatory democracy at other levels of government and society to the military's long-standing reliance on technological procedures.

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ONE Battle Born
THREE World War II Btttt
FOUR The Engle
FIVE Air Force Proposals
SIX State Military Maneuvers
SEVEN Military Planning Doctrine
Expanding the Bravo Ranges
NINE Operation Ugly Baby and Beyond

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About the author (1993)

David Loomis is an Environmental Planner with the federal government. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Loomis has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Science in Land Use Planning Policy. He has written peer reviewed journal articles on a variety of natural resource issues, including livestock grazing in Central Asia, mining reclamation in the Great Basin, and shifting human uses and ecosystem sustainability in the United States. He has served as Professional Development Officer for the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association and on the Board of Directors for the Whittell Experimental Forest for the University of Nevada. He has served as a legislative fellow for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Loomis has presented papers and been a guest speaker on natural resource and environmental law and policy throughout the west including Colorado State University, Denver University, Truckee Meadows Community College, the University of Nevada, and at conferences for the Federal Planning Division of the American Planning Association, the National Association of Environmental Professionals, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, Colorado Counties Inc., and the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce. He teaches literacy to underprivileged youth the in the Jefferson County, CO school district and is a red carded firefighter for the federal government.