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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…)

AFRICOM’s General Ham on Climate and Environmental Security

General Carter F. Ham, Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday on the security challenges the U.S. faces in Africa. He addressed a number of issues, including environmental and climate security, in response to questions regarding recommendations in a recently released report by the Defense Science Board Task Force on Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National and International Security. (more…)

General Dempsey: Net Zero Energy Consumption Saves Soldiers’ Lives

General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday on a range of issues regarding the Defense Department’s 2013 budget request, including future planning on operational energy (i.e. the strategic use of energy resources on the battlefield). At around 2:58:11 of the video, he discusses the security benefits of energy efficiency for the military, in terms of lives saved and operational agility, stating: (more…)