Book Talk: Hot Spotter's Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste

In the November 21st discussion of her book Hot Spotter's Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste, Georgetown Professor Shiloh R. Krupar challenged biopolitical aspects of the military complex.  She discussed the damaging effects of military industrialism on the environment and public health.  As many military facilities have been closed after the Cold War, Krupar talked about how attempts at environmental remediation often mask the ongoing residual contamination and environmental degradation caused by the military industry in the first place.   She suggested that government strategy revolves around obscuring the impact of attempted naturalization of the military industrial facilities, which hide the extent of environmental damage and health complications that have arisen.  In uncovering “hot spots” of contamination, Krupar proposed "transnatural" alternatives to redefine post-military waste management and reassess the geographies of militarism. She weaved together satire and empiricism in an unusual and unique style to promote and highlight controversy, discussion, and action.