Keeping the peace is a violent enterprise. Preparing to vanquish the enemy whoever or wherever that enemy might be, requires practice, practice, practice. Unlimited taxpayer funds to support the forever war, feeds the cycle of procurement and obsolescence with aircraft and weapons systems constantly upgraded, perfected and discarded, only to begin again. The result is ever more training, on ever more complicated weapons systems, often requiring more space for war play. On Whidbey Island, WA and in Burlington, VT and in many places in between, the growing demands of the U.S. military to wage war, is turning civilian spaces into military hell scapes.
Published on The Intercept, December 17, 2021 Direction, camera, editor: Nina Berman Additional camera: Andrew Burton, Duane Peterson III Additional sound: Elyse Blennerhassett Assistant editor: Jake Price Supported by: MIT/Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and Columbia University War and Peace grant