這份研究報告由位於加州聖摩尼卡的蘭德公司阿羅育中心（RAND Arroyo Center）所提出，名為《綠色戰士：軍事行動的環境考量》，在當中對於美軍領導階層提供了重大政策考量的分析研究。該報告的主筆之一，同時也是蘭德公司的研究員莫雪（David Mosher）表示，「美軍在達成美國國家目標，如反暴動和維安行動中，所可以扮演的角色，也許正是環境考量中最不受重視的部分。」
The U.S. Army has become increasingly involved with environmental issues in every operation and must be better prepared to deal with them, according to a new RAND Corporation study released this week.
By better managing environmental issues during deployments, U.S. Army units can gain tactical and strategic advantages that will help in combat and post-conflict operations, and boost overall mission success, the study finds.
The report, "Green Warriors: Environmental Considerations in Army Contingency Operations," was prepared by the RAND Arroyo Center in Santa Monica, which provides analytic research on major policy concerns to leadership of the U.S. Army.
"Perhaps the most underappreciated aspect of environmental considerations is the role that they can play in achieving U.S. national objectives in counterinsurgency and stability operations," said report co-author David Mosher, a researcher at RAND.
The study finds that commanders have not usually given environmental concerns high priority during planning, despite the effect environmental conditions can have on troop health, safety and security, and the importance they have for the local population.
Environmental considerations include clean water, sewage-related infrastructure, soldier health, compliance with environmental laws, sustainability, protection of historical and cultural sites, and management of agricultural and natural resources.
Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for environment, safety and occupational health, told ENS in an email statement, "The Army takes its commitment to the environment very seriously."
He called the RAND report "timely" in view of actions the Army is taking "to improve how it addresses environmental issues in training, planning and conducting contingency operations in theater."
"It will prove to be an extremely useful tool for all the military services and the joint community for years to come," Davis said.