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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, February 16 2012

Today's Focus:

Operational Energy - Energy Informed Operations

Senior Leaders are Saying

The Army is in a period of transition -- looking toward the post-Afghanistan period and with our operational construct of 'prevent, shape and win,' we really want to examine opportunities in the area of building partner capacity. I think the power of this construct is that we are gathering information - we are teaching our great young Soldiers on culture, language and the overall climate that exists within those countries.

- Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, highlighting the value of strengthening relationships with foreign countries and linking regional alignment with the Army mission at the How the Army Builds Partners and Capacity, a seminar in support of Unified Quest held from Feb. 7 through Feb. 10 in Potomac, Md.

Building international partnerships critical to future Army operations

What They're Saying

I've taken another step in achieving my goal. It (Army) makes you a prouder person. It brings respect and people look up to you, and that's a great feeling.

- Pvt. 1st Class Kevin Cronin, a new Army recruit from Indianapolis, after taking the Oath of Enlistment, discusses his thoughts on joining the Army.

Army highlights best of past, present, future at Chicago Auto Show exhibit

Today's Focus

Operational Energy - Energy Informed Operations

What is it?

Operational Energy (OE) is the energy and associated systems, information and processes required to train, move and sustain forces and systems for military operations. It is a key element supporting operational capabilities and performance. OE performance does not just mean using less energy rather, using energy to our greatest benefit through energy-informed operations.

Why is this important to the Army?

Energy is at the heart of Army capabilities and can enhance or limit strategic reach, endurance and sustainment alternatives. Considering energy up-front in our plans and decisions will strengthen execution and better utilize resources. To be successful, OE strategies must be embedded into planning, acquisition, training, behaviors, and execution.

What has the Army done?

The Army has improved its operational performance and reduced the amount of resources needed to secure fuel convoys by fielding systems such as efficient shelters, deployable solar panels, and tactical power microgrids. Over the past year, the 1-16 Infantry Battalion improved performance of their small units in mountainous areas of Afghanistan using flexible Soldier power networks with solar recharging capability. The 173rd Infantry Brigade is currently equipping, training, and developing energy-informed tactics, techniques and procedures, in preparation for their next deployment. The Army is developing new solutions in our laboratories and refining them in testbeds such as Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Devens, Mass., and Kuwait. In November 2011, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 stood up the Army Operational Energy Office with the vision to serve to coordinate and integrate all OE initiatives and actions across the Army.

What is planned for the future?

The Army will soon issue an Initial Capabilities Document that identifies the energy-related capabilities needed in the operational force. We will embed changes to doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, personnel and facilities across the Army enterprise. The 2012 Army Campaign Plan identifies improving OE performance as a major objective. In the future, the Army will equip and train all deploying formations with advanced power-management solutions and train leaders and Soldiers in their impact and application. These solutions are designed to extend a unit's range, endurance and flexibility, and incorporate OE into the way we think about operations. More technologies are being tested with the Brigade Modernization Command this spring. Those that show military utility will be used to equip our future formations. Everyone member of the Army team plays a role in innovating, learning and advancing Army energy capabilities.

Resources:

STAND-TO!: Army Operational Energy Strategy
Related article: Army Leaders meet to discuss future of operational energy
Army.Mil: Army Energy news

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