The Department of Defense released its Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan that establishes seven specific targets and near-term activities mentioned in the Operation Energy Strategy released last June.
“Smart use of energy can be a strategic advantage for the U.S. military against our adversaries. As we continue to invest in the best military force to defend America today and tomorrow, I want the department to harness the best energy innovations at all levels, from the individual warfighter to the largest installation, to enhance our operational effectiveness and deliver more bang for the buck,” Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.
Panetta has directed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Sharon Burke to co-lead a Defense Operational Energy Board with a designee of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to oversee this plan. The chairman has designated the Director for Logistics Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash.
“By building energy considerations into the department’s processes, including the way we buy equipment and value energy when employing the force, we can improve our warfighting ability while lowering risks and costs for military missions,” said Burke.