The Army should place an increased emphasis on the energy resilience of its installations as the nation’s homeland faces cyber and other threats from adversaries and a dependence on the commercial grid leaves the service vulnerable to a variety of risks, according to a paper by Daniel Roper, director of national security studies for the Association of the U.S. Army’s Institute of Land Warfare. To overcome these challenges, the Army should develop “a value equation for resiliency efforts that enables key projects to effectively compete for resources and private financing mechanisms,” Roper states.
Roper also recommends adopting approaches for building resiliency associated with operational energy to installations, such as tactical microgrids and vehicle-to-grid. “Advanced power systems align supply with demand, using power available from grids, vehicles, generators and renewables to supply only the power necessary at the point of need,” he writes. Tactical microgrids can relieve pressure on the national grid during a crisis within the homeland and when deployed overseas.
“The U.S. Army — and DOD — must increase focus on energy resilience to remain operationally relevant in the emerging threat environment. Without this foundational critical enabler, it risks the accomplishment of its mission, both domestically and overseas,” Roper concludes.
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