The Army's Operational Energy Challenge
ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY ARLINGTON VA
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Energy will become increasingly important, considering its impact on economic growth, political stability and the conduct of military operations, because the majority of oil production will occur in potentially unstable regions. In recent years, several factors have emerged that further complicate the engineering and logistics challenges associated with power and energy, including asymmetric threats to logistics and infrastructure, increasing competition for the worlds oil supplies and concern about global climate change. Operational energy is the energy and associated systems, information, and processes required to train, move, and sustain forces and systems for military operations. It is an important enabler for operations as described in The Army Capstone Concept and The Army Operating Concept, which emphasize the need for synchronized maneuver and sustainment. While the current force relies almost entirely upon petroleum-based fuel to supply its needs, the future force will need alternatives in order to support flexible, resilient operations. Demands are composed of consumption and the use of power and energy in any form. The Army recently drafted an initial capabilities document ICD that outlines energy-related capability requirements. Common goals that pervade the analysis include improve operational energy management improve awareness of energy issues that affect operations increase power-source density and commonality decrease the size and weight of systems increase power generation and distribution efficiency and capacity decrease energy demand and foster energy innovation.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Reciprocating and Rotating Engines