Alternative Energy and Propulsion Power for Today's US Military
Civilian research paper 13 Aug 2008-5 May 2009
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This intent of this paper is to provide a cogent argument for why the US military needs to aggressively pursue alternate forms of energy and propulsion power technologies that will dramatically reduce or eliminate the current dependence on foreign petroleum. The research and analysis centered on the premise that the US military, for decades, has been severely constrained by the burden of traditional fossil-fuel-using technologies, which greatly lessens its ability to conduct operational missions anywhere in the world. This premise is supported by factual data that is elaborated on extensively in the paper. A number of federal government agencies were consulted, and numerous documented sources from industry and academia were used in the research for this paper. The technologies discovered among these entities were evaluated and determined worthwhile for investment by the US military, particularly the Army. Although many technologies were reviewed, this paper only focused on the technologies that are viewed as having the greatest potential for military application. In the end, this paper recommends to senior military leadership viable technologies that are worth pursuing at this time as well as one that needs aggressive research initiated now, given its potential for the future.
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