Reducing Battlefield Fuel Demand: Mitigating a Marine Corp Critical Vulnerability
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Reducing battlefield fuel consumption in the Marine Corps is of paramount importance. There exist strategic, operational, and tactical reasons for pursuing immediate and long term proposals to unleash the Marine Corps from the tether of fuel from which all Americans perilously cling today. The Marine Corps battlefield dependence on fossil fuels carries not only fiscal implications, but far more importantly, it is costing the lives of Marines required to deliver that fuel. While it is conceded that the Marine Corps will require battlefield fuel to conduct combat operations, it is arguable, that we can reduce the amount of fuel required in theater through more efficient fuel consumption. By reducing the amount of fuel required in theaters of operations, the number of fuel convoys can be reduced thereby decreasing Logistics Marines exposure to vulnerable supply line. Recognizing the dangerous confluence of strategic energy dependence and the mammoth effort required to deliver that energy to the battlefield prompted General James Mattis to issue the challenge to DOD planners, Unleash us from the tether of fuel. Unfortunately, the Marine Corps finds itself in a situation where logistics concepts and initiatives required to sustain the force are not keeping pace with the operational gains of new combat systems.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics