An Assessment of Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF) Programs 17-S-2544
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Washington United States
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The Department of Defense DoD uses the Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund OECIF to invest in science and technology S and T efforts that promote long-term improvements to military capabilities aligned to the Departments Operational Energy Strategy. Since the funds establishment in Fiscal Year FY 2012, OECIF has funded a total of 53 studies and programs through FY 2017. Annually, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy ODASDOE identifies one or more specific themes for each year to reflect Department priorities and focus the evaluation and management of S and T investments. Following a review of the most promising proposals submitted by the Services, OECIF provides programs with up to four years of funding. This assessment evaluates the success of the 13 programs that began in FY2012, FY 2013, and FY 2015 that are now largely concluded. Specifically, these programs were measured against their stated technical goals and the resulting activities, or transitions, following the end of OECIF funding. Twelve of the thirteen programs were successful, both from a technical and transition perspective, and their transition partners have either already funded or will continue to fund their efforts. These OECIF investments have yielded improved contingency base equipment and shelters that reduce the energy burden on deployed Warfighters. Building on these successes, the Department will continue to use OECIF to invest in opportunities that increase future warfighting capability and reduce operational risk in support of the Departments Operational Energy Strategy. This report is the first of what will become an annual assessment of OECIF programs.