Military Mobile Power Summit

“Advancing Operational Energy to Ensure Readiness, Efficiency, and Stability”

January 13-14, 2014 

The Army / Navy Club,  Washington, D.C.

The next iteration will take place January, 2015. (exact dates coming soon).All information below relates to 2014 Summit.

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational “Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in a forum for the discussion of current and future energy and power initiatives.



Several 2014 Summit Speakers Include:

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.

Several areas this Summit will address:


DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit allows for civilian and military users across the energy and power spectrum to come together to learn, discuss, debate, and help advance  several key areas within the mobile power community such as:

  • - Advanced fuel cell and battery systems for ground, air & space applications
  • - Performance metrics and measurements development
  • - Portable energy harvesting
  • - TROPEC Update
  • - Biofuels and advanced “drop in” fuels
  •  -Optimization of microgrids
  • - Energy integration in data-to-decision: Intelligent power management
  • - R&D in waste-to-energy conversions for FOBs
  • - Tactical renewable energy programs
  • - Streamlined  acquisition & commercial item procurement

Insight & Perspectives from 2012 Summit delved from:

  • PM-MEP
  • MCWL
  • NCWC Crane
  • PEO Solider
  • ONR- Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare/ Logistics S&T Thrust Manager, Expeditionary
  • OSD – Defense Research and Engineering
  • DLA - Defense Energy Support Center
  • NRL - Alternative Energy Section
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


At our Summit you will have the ability to:

  • Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing the operational energy community.
  • Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some the latest technologies of processing, exploitation and dissemination of power sources.
  • Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments and will receive a pre-Summit questionnaire for precise questions and subject matters you would like our speakers to address.
________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLIANT:
  • The Military  Mobile Power  Summit is compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Council, Standards of Conduct Office:
  • *Currently, SOCO advisory 09-03: 7.(a)… purposes of jer 3-211 (a)(7) the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), OGE standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch: currently 5 cfr part 2635 and 31 u.s.c. 1353 as it pertains to OGE standards
  • *Qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and is compliant with The Office of Government Ethics, Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch: currently 5 CFR part 2635 and 31 U.S.C. 1353 as it pertains to OGE Standards.
  • *The Military Mobile Power Summit is open to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered a compliant education and training forum