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U.S. Department of Defense Releases Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan

DoD released its new Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan on Friday, which follows from last year’s release of the strategy itself. The plan fleshes out the strategy’s three-pillar approach, reiterating the key energy pathways for a “stronger force:”

  • More fight, less fuel: Reduce the demand for energy in military operations.
  • More options, less risk: Expand and secure the supply of energy to military operations.
  • More capability, less cost: Build energy security into the future force

While certain Republican Congressmen depicted the renewable energy push in the report as “wasteful,” DoD defended the strategy as a way of protecting soldier’s lives and bringing down costs. Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal, stating:

The No. 1 justification is improved military capability…If you get that, it will lower your risks, so it will save lives, and it should lower your costs.

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