Army Energy Security
SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"I believe the decisions that the president will make for the next stage of the Afghanistan campaign will be among the most important of his presidency, so it is important that we take our time to do all we can to get this right."
- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, vowed to faithfully execute the president’s orders on Afghan War strategy, at the annual conference of the Association of the U.S. Army
Gates cites importance of Obama’s Afghanistan decisions
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Year of the Noncommissioned Officer
"I strive to take care of my soldiers, remain tactically and technically proficient, and to mentor my NCOs to share the same values as I do: ‘Be, Know, Do'. I lead by example. I would never ask a Soldier to do something that I haven’t done myself, or that I wouldn’t do."
- Staff Sgt. Tyler Fosheim, a paratrooper, and a history buff, uses common sense and the Army’s legacy for insight and inspiration in his NCO duties as a platoon sergeant for Company D, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team
Soldier uses history for motivation
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
- Early Bird News Site
- Information Papers with "2009 Army Posture Statement"
- Stories of Valor
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- 2009 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2009 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
2009 Commemorations :
Year of the NCO
Year of the Military Family
100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant
Army Domestic Abuse Prevention/Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Oct. 5- 7: Association of the United States Army Exposition
Army Energy Security
What is it?
The Army Energy Security Implementation Strategy (AESIS) establishes five strategic goals to promote energy security by fostering a culture of energy awareness. The energy security goals are:
• reduced energy consumption
• increased energy efficiency across platforms and facilities
• increased use of renewable and alternative energy
• assured access to sufficient energy supplies
• reduced adverse environmental effects
Army energy projects and initiatives are designed to:
• jump-start Army energy security
• better gauge energy use in garrison and on deployment
• research and develop longer-lasting batteries and other energy storage devices
What has the Army done?
The Army has initiated several key pilot projects to help achieve energy security. The projects include procuring electric and hybrid-electric vehicles for (peacetime) use in garrison. The Army also has been developing hybrid-electric vehicles for tactical (wartime) use in theater.
Moreover, the Army has taken decisive steps to foster a culture of energy awareness and energy security. These steps include:
• establishing (in April 2008) the Army Energy Security Task Force to assess Army energy planning and Army energy initiatives
• ratifying the task force's recommendations to catalyze Army energy security
• initiating six prototype projects to jump-start Army energy security
• developing a new hybrid-electric powered ground combat vehicle
• developing Army energy metrics and objectives
• chartering (in September 2008) a new Senior Energy Executive and a new Senior Energy Council to coordinate and direct Army energy security initiatives
• publishing the Army Energy Security Implementation Strategy (on 13 Jan, 2009)
• publishing (in July 2009) energy security implementation plans by Army commands
Why is this important to the Army?
• Tactical Advantage: Energy dependence creates a logistical tail that slows operations and makes deployed forces more vulnerable to enemy attack.
• Financial Burdens: Energy is a huge expense.
• Congressional legislation and Executive branch orders: mandate change.
What remains to be done?
The Army has just begun to implement its energy security strategy. Successful execution will require the dedication of every Army soldier and civilian. Indeed, leadership and accountability at all levels of command are an institutional imperative.
Energy awareness, accountability and security must be incorporated into all Army processes. The Army, therefore, must continue to initiate cutting-edge energy research; it must continue to pioneer new technology; and it must adopt more energy-efficient business practices.
Army Energy Security Implementation Strategy
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations and Environment)Web site
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Gates praises NCO Corps as Army's 'steel spine' (DefenseLink)
- Army vice chief wants no stigma for brain injuries (DefenseNews)
- Casey gets mixed bag on quality-of-life query (Army Times)
- Army fights against domestic violence (The U.S. Army)
- Strykers adopt desert tan color (DVIDS)
- 'Pershing's Own' band gets first female CSM (The U.S. Army)
- Battle of Wanat: 'They feel like outsiders and they don't want to be' (The Washington Post)
- Battle of Wanat: Inside the ambush (CBS News)
- 25th Army Ten-Miler sets event records (The U.S. Army)
- Military breaking silence (The Topeka Capital-Journal)
- General Petraeus has prostate cancer (The New York Times)
- General Dynamics receives $430M Army contract (The Boston Globe)
- Hacked: Soldiers' leaky laptops may put them at risk (The Fayetteville Observer)
- North Korea to resume nuclear talks (London Daily Telegraph)
- PM refused extra Afghan troops' (BBC)
- Pakistan Taliban claim U.N. attack (BBC)
- Palestinian unity deal in jeopardy (Al Jazeera)
- Opinion: Yet again Tehran spins it all to its advantage against the West
- Opinion: America has yet to grasp the cost of losing in Afghanistan (The Guardian)
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