The Department of Defense's Alternate Energy Policy.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KANS
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This thesis examines the question of the scarcity of petroleum-based fuels early in the Twenty-First Century and the DOD policy and programs to meet this shortage. Based on the fact that petroleum fuels as we know them will not be available early in the Twenty-First Century, this study examines the uniqueness of the DODs world-wide mission and its dependence on petroleum fuels for its main weapon systems. Because of this uniqueness, it was concluded that the DOD needs an alternative fuels policy independent of other governmental agencies to meet the national security requirements. The current DOD policy on alternative fuels for the future is examined. This investigation revealed that, as of January 1978, the DOD did not have a comprehensive policy for alternative fuels. Further, the direction of Research and Development efforts has suffered as a result of this lack of policy. Lastly, the study offers a proposed policy for consideration. Recommendations for both short- and long-range goals are proposed. Conclusions were that an alternative fuels policy is absolutely necessary and that a policy needs to be established as soon as possible. Author
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion