Reducing DoD Fossil-Fuel Dependence
MITRE CORP MCLEAN VA JASON PROGRAM OFFICE
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In light of an increasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil, as well as rising fuel costs for the U.S. and the DoD, and implications with regard to national security and national defense, the JASONs were charged in 2006 by the DDRE with assessing pathways to reduce DoDs dependence on fossil fuels. The study charge included the following tasks A. Explore technology options to reduce the DoD dependence on fossil fuels andor increase energy efficiency of our operating forces. This assessment will include an assessment of alternative fuels and energy sources at DoD-required energy densities, e.g., exotic alternate fuels, biomasscellulosic biofuels, hydrogen, shale oil, oil sands, geothermal, etc., and an assessment of the potential of structural shaping, structural mechanical design, and novel materials application in enhancing the survivability of lightweight vehicles. B. Assess the viability of technologies to provide at least the performance required of current DoD platforms and effort to integrate the technology and achieve the desired level of performance. In particular, alternate fuels and energy sources are to be assessed in terms of multiple parameters, to include but not limited to stability, high low temperature properties, water affinity, storage handling. C. Assess blast and penetration resistance in lightweight vehicles. D. Analyze structures and materials designs that could be adapted for use on combat and utility vehicles, or other DoD platforms. E. In addition, JASON was asked to defer detailed analyses of USAF energyfuel use.