Accession Number : ADA611843


Title :   Energy Optimization on the Battlefield: How Integrating Energy Efficient Technologies at the Tactical Level Can Reduce Fuel Consumption and Lessen the Burden of Fuel Logistics


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Minella, Mark C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a611843.pdf


Report Date : 13 Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 102


Abstract : The Department of Defense organization is one of the largest consumers of fuel in the world. The military's dependence on fuel is an important factor on the tempo of operations and operational reach. Throughout the last 13 years of conflict, the military identified many significant operational and tactical challenges involving fuel logistics required to support and sustain large-scale ground and air operations. The military's dependence on fuel is so important to operations it assumes significant risk when fuel convoys are attacked, and more importantly risks the lives of the Soldiers and Marines who execute these missions. Through the implementation of an energy optimization strategy, which is the focus of this thesis, the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines can reduce battlefield fuel consumption up to 25 percent. These savings equate to millions of gallons of fuel saved. More importantly, a reduction in the frequency of fuel convoys will save lives. Energy optimization will enable the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine forces to divert resources to other missions that would otherwise be needed to sustain fuel convoys. These savings extend operational reach of ground forces in remote and austere environments, which can operate longer with less fuel sustainment.


Descriptors :   *BATTLEFIELDS , *ENERGY , *FUEL CONSUMPTION , ARMY , ARMY PERSONNEL , CONFLICT , CONSUMERS , CONSUMPTION , ENVIRONMENTS , FREQUENCY , FUELS , GLOBAL , GROUND LEVEL , INFANTRY , LOGISTICS , MARINE CORPS , MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , MILITARY PLANNING , MISSIONS , OPTIMIZATION , ORGANIZATIONS , REDUCTION , RESOURCES , RISK , SAVINGS , STRATEGY , THESES


Subject Categories : Energy Storage
      Fuels


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE