• Resilient Infrastructure Needed to Meet Readiness, Lethality Objectives, Analyst States

    Resilient Infrastructure Needed to Meet Readiness, Lethality Objectives, Analyst States0

    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

  • Changing Behavior Represents Next Frontier in Reaching Military’s Energy Goals0

    The Navy and Marine Corps are tapping into of the hottest trends in academic research to help slash their expenditures on fuel and electricity — using psychology and the behavioral sciences to influence people to save energy by changing their habits and practices. “The opportunities that we see on the behavioral side of the house are phenomenal,” Marine Corps regimental commander Col. Jim Caley told the Washington Post. “And they’re frankly less expensive than us trying to buy new equipment.” While Caley is focused on trimming fuel use by Marine Corps vehicles, equipment and outposts during deployments, Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, is working with two behavioral science experts …

  • Installations, Operational Energy Posts at DOD to Merge under Authorization Bill0

    The Pentagon’s top installations and environment position would be merged with the department’s operational energy chief post, under the compromise fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill unveiled last week. The new position would be called the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment. The combined organization would “equally prioritize” the functions of the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment with the ASD for operational energy plans and programs …

  • Army Deploys with Clean Energy during Maritime Exercise0

    Personnel from the U.S. Army Pacific and Army Corps of Engineers demonstrated the benefits of relying on renewable energy sources during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific training exercise last week. Soldiers set up wind turbines, solar panels, a solar shade and a hydrogen-powered car to generate enough power for 350 people located at a training area on Ford Island, Hawaii …

  • Burke Previews Pentagon’s New Energy Policy0

    Comprehensive guidance for DOD’s full range of energy activities — including operational and facility energy and energy-related elements of mission assurance — will be unveiled shortly, Sharon Burke, assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs, told the Senate Armed Services Readiness And Management Support Subcommittee Wednesday. The policy document follows a request from then-Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter to produce a “shared narrative” for defense energy programs, reports American Forces Press Service. “I believe it’s very fair to say that the basic principles already guide our activities and have for some time …

  • Who’s Responsible when Operational and Installation Energy Intersect?0

    In a newly released report focusing on DOD’s operational energy initiatives, the Congressional Research Service includes an interesting discussion of the distinction between operational and installation energy. Operational energy is defined by statute as “the energy required for training, moving and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms for military operations. The term includes energy used by tactical power systems and generators and weapons platforms …