The U.S. Army has long worn green. But, under its new generation of commanders, the Army is also looking for as many ways as it can to be green. And the Pentagon's many efforts to find new ways to power its bases, ships, aircraft and other vehicles with something other than petroleum products are a hopeful step.
These guys are not interested in symbolic steps or moral victories. They play to win and, once they figure out how to do these things, the rest of us can copy their successes.
The Army's dedication to alternative energy was demonstrated Friday at the Tooele Army Depot, when no less than Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared at the dedication of that facility's new array of 430 solar collectors. Dempsey is the leader of a new cadre of officers who know that American dependence on foreign oil, and on vulnerable electric grids at home and around the world, are not just abstract issues. They are matters of national security.