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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Implementation Plan Provides Roadmap for Cutting Operational Energy Use

  • March 11, 2012
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The Pentagon released an implementation plan for operational energy Friday, calling for energy conservation, relying on sources other than fossil fuels and incorporating energy security into all military planning.

“As we continue to invest in the best military force to defend America today and tomorrow, I want the department to harness the best energy innovations at all levels, from the individual warfighter to the largest installation, to enhance our operational effectiveness and deliver more bang for the buck,” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

To oversee the department’s progress, Panetta has directed Sharon Burke, assistant secretary for operational energy plans and programs to co-lead a Defense Operational Energy Board with a designee of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ┬áThe chairman has designated the director for logistics, Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash.

The report touches on installation energy as well. It calls for the Army to have 16 Net Zero installations by 2020 and 25 by 2030, reports American Forces Press Service. It also calls for improved operational energy security at fixed installations.

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