The Army is in the middle of a $456 million effort, primarily focused at Ft. Bragg, to reshape the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, where it trains special forces, civil affairs and psychological operations soldiers. The project, which will help consolidate a variety of buildings that have spouted throughout the North Carolina post, also will upgrade facilities in Key West, Fla., and Yuma, Ariz. At Fort Bragg, the transformation aims to create the look of a college campus, an outcome intended to help Army special operations compete with universities for the nation’s best talent, reports the Fayetteville Observer. “We’ve got to invest more in our people,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, commanding general of the Army Special Operations Center of Excellence. “We’ve got to catch up and stay ahead of technological advances.” … Leaders from the Pentagon, Air Force and Navy underscored the importance of energy resilience at a symposium led by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius, Lithuania, earlier this month. The U.S. representatives emphasized the increased lethality brought by more efficient military operations as well as the benefits of curbing energy consumption, reported the Air Force office of operational energy. “We are in the midst of revolutionary changes that make energy even more critical,” said Lucian Niemeyer, strategic advisor on energy programs for the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. “As our forces require more power, and energy is increasingly a target, energy resilience and security will have an increasingly direct relationship on warfighter capabilities,” he said.
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