Role of the Department of Defense in the Research and Development of Alternative Fuels
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This paper examined the implications of the U.S. national energy strategies and policies that directly or indirectly require the Department of Defense DOD to develop initiatives to conduct costly research and development RD of alternative fuels. The main research question is What are the current policies that direct the military to conduct research and development of biofuels The DOD lacks an efficient, effective program for development of alternative fuels due to 1 the U.S. political process 2 inter governmental bureaucracy and 3 DOD budgeting process. This study highlights how the political process inhibits an effective DOD alternative energy program. It shows that the individual service s initiatives must be nested with the DOD s programs and U.S. national strategy. This thesis recommends that the nation s energy security strategy should provide clear guidance to the Secretary of Defense SECDEF, and that the SECDEF should then provide specific guidance as to the role each service plays in alternative fuels RD and provide allocated budget guidance to each of the services.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Environmental Health and Safety