This thought should be self-explanatory. The DoD is not an organization which is designed to drive commercial products, or to encourage the use of particular technology. It is an organization who's mission, who's purpose, is to protect the citizenry of this nation. To attempt to use our defensive forces to push an unneeded, wasteful program is taking major risks with the security of our citizens, our interests, and our national security.
In previous years, the military was able to create products which saw varied success in the free market. Take for instance the GPS. The technology the military developed to better their strength was given to people who saw the potential of the technology on the free market, were willing to put the work into commercializing it, and followed through on the investments. The driving force behind the success of this product is that someone saw the commercial use, and took a risk.
The reason no one has taken a risk with green energy is because the people who understand the market know there isn't a demand. It's inefficient, far more expensive to generate, and the end result is just as much waste as with traditional solutions. If money could be made on it, it would be. As science advances, and research is completed, steps are taken to make these types of energy sources more viable, however as it stands now, being 'green' is expensive, with no visible return on the investment.
The government has been attempting to force these not-yet-mature technologies on the citizenry for entirely too long. Now, rather than realizing the reason they are losing the fight, they turn to the military. Only, rather than turning to them to fulfill their mission, they turn to them to assist in forcing unwanted tech down our throats. Only now they are risking the very lives of the men and women who volunteer to protect us. The idea of being in an under-powered, poorly-equipped base when it's attacked, or when need arises to respond to an attack on Americans elsewhere, does not sit well with me. Our men and women will be putting themselves at a greater disadvantage with these changes.
The military needs to focus on what allows the troops to do their jobs effectively, completely, and efficiently. To put an emphasis on anything else will weaken our strength, and open the door to various attacks. That is a risk we'd be foolish to take.
The Heritage Foundation has done the research, and written an article on this, with some excellent information. I strongly recommend reading over it. It is located here.
What are your thoughts? Should we be using our military to help develop technology which doesn't directly apply to their jobs, or allow them to focus on the mission at hand: Protecting these United States?