normal to thermal energy to green night-vision. I assumed that, as on theU.S.-Mexico border, the device retained my picture and added it to aremote database. Another company, called ISPRA, displayed a multi-barreled—crowd-control—weapon called Thunderstorm that could alsobe mounted to any of the many armored vehicles on display and launchtear gas, stun grenades, and smoke, either separately or at the same time.Preparing, I assumed, like many in surrounding booths, for theinevitable resistance of the displaced to Koleskinova’s “three Gs.”And as Koleskinova spoke, when someone opened the door, thenoise of this bustling marketplace was so deafening that I had to strainto hear her. I have been to many homeland security trade expos over theyears, but never have I been to one with such energy, so much rawexcitement. As global warming accelerates, there is a fortune to bemade.“WHICH OTHER MEANS DO YOU HAVE TO SOLVE YOURBORDER ISSUES?”British Rear Admiral Chris Parry summed up the international securityconsensus regarding climate refugees in perhaps the most vivid terms.The future climate migrations would be like the “Goths and theVandals,”1the barbarian invaders who brought down the Roman Empirein the 5th century. Large immigrant populations, he said, would havelittle regard for their host countries and begin a sort of “reversecolonisation,”2a term similar to the reconquistaused by members ofborder militia groups in the United States who fear that Mexico will takeits territory back (the United States took over nearly half of Mexico afterthe Mexican-American war in the mid 19th century). Because of this,Parry laid out a prescient prediction (now backed by the dystopic74
Milipol floor): the increasing shift to robots, drones, nanotechnology,lasers, microwave weapons, space-based systems, and “customized”nuclear bombs.3These are the guards, gates, and guns necessary toprotect the centers of political, economic, and social power that willreally be under attack by the coming climate-induced “barbarian”hordes.In her book A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit examinedmilitarized responses to natural disasters, ranging from the 1906earthquake in San Francisco to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in2005. Following an essay in Social Forces by Lee Clarke and CaronChess in 2008, Solnit and many other scholars called these sorts ofheavy-handed responses “elite panic.”4Solnit wrote, “Elites andauthorities often fear the changes of disaster or anticipate that changemeans chaos and destruction or at least the undermining of thefoundations of their power.”5The findings that Solnit’s work underscored would not be popular orprofitable for the vendors on the Milipol floor: disaster sociologists’studies demonstrate not only that panic in the face of disaster “is rare,”but that people in such situations are more inclined to engage in acts ofmutual assistance, community solidarity, and altruism.