Mr. Alan Shaffer, SES, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering discussing R&E in support of improving power alternatives & conversion to extend forward capabilities; novel engineered materials for energy efficiency and using "Data to Decisions" for intelligent power management for operational energy
The Honorable Dennis McGinn, VADM (ret), Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment on Navy efforts towards enhancing greater energy security, and future initiatives with high performance biofuels and renewables
Mr. Richard G. Kidd, IV (SES), Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Energy and Sustainability, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy & Environmentwho will be addressing the Army's priorities towards energy security and renewable and alternative energy sources as they pertain to meeting operational energy needs
RADM Kevin R. Slates, USN, Director, CNO Energy & Environmental Readiness Division , OPNAV N45 discussing near term strategies in improving Navy shipboard energy as well as opportunities for renewable energy and microgrid projects
RDML Mark Darrah, USN, Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division / Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, Naval Air Systems Command
Dr. Ed Shaffer, Chief, Energy and Power Division, ARL who will be providing an in depth session on the Army's current research interests and initiatives in novel power
Col James Caley, USMC, Director, USMC Expeditionary Energy Office addressing the Marines shift back to amphibious /expeditionary roots and the mobile power needed to support an expeditionary force
COL Bruce McPeak, USA, Director of Materiel Systems,Combined Arms Support Command discussing how to effectively enhance operations while reducing battlefield energy requirements
LTC Keith E. Matiskella, USA, Requirements Chief, U.S. Army REF, on requirements for "tactical edge" energy modernization
Dr. Robin A. Nissan, Program Manager, Weapons Systems and Platforms, SERDP/ESTCP on current and future waste- to- energy (W2E) conversion technologies for FOBs and distributed-energy generation source areas of interest
Why Should You Attend The Summit?
The DoD is the biggest institutional energy consumer in the world, with over 75% deriving from “operational energy” (OE): the energy required for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms for military operations. Reducing the cost of power and energy needs is critical to the mission success across the Services.
With increased focus within the OSD to strengthen the energy security of U.S. military operations and improve military capabilities, cut costs, and lower operational and strategic risk through better energy accounting, planning, management, and innovation, there are enhanced efforts and initiatives underway across all the Services to help transform OE.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh, who recently established a new OE Army policy, stated that the, "Army operational energy is a critical enabler for the range of military operational capabilities from the individual Soldier to strategic levels."
As Secretary McHugh’s wrote, “It is Army policy to increase tactical and operational effectiveness through efficient use of energy in all modes, including dismounted, mounted, aviation and base camp/sustainment operations.”
The Navy has been working on developing their “Great Green Fleet”, including strong focus on “drop-in” alternative fuels, and improved engine and shipboard energy efficiencies, while advancing the use of renewable energy sources.
With the Marine Corps turning back to their amphibious / expeditionary roots, they are looking for the ability to deploy expeditionary forces that can operate self-sufficiently in terms of energy (except for vehicle fuel).
Solar power for soldier equipment and expeditionary bases, mobile electric power, field generators and intelligent power distribution / gridding will all go towards advancing the effectiveness, security, and efficiency of their expeditionary missions.The Air Force, for example, is working to reduce consumption of aviation fuel, advancing next-gen turbine engines, and increasing the use of alternative fuels.
Today, the military’s continued investments in renewable energy and power, will aid to preserve lives on the battlefield, protect the nation’s security and save taxpayer money.