WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2011 -- Army leaders gathered to discuss mission effectiveness and preserving future choices during the Association of the United State Army's Institute of Land Warfare's Army Power and Energy Panel in Washington D.C., Oct. 11.
The panel, led by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, included: Maj. Gen. Al Aycock, director of operations, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management; Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, commanding general of Fort Bliss, Texas; Maj. Gen. Raymond Mason, with Headquarters Department of the Army, G-4; Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general, Research, Development and Engineering Command (Soldier Power); Grace Bochenek, director of the Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center, Research, Development and Engineering Command (Vehicle Power); and Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for (Energy and Sustainability).
The intent of the panel was to discuss the Army's Power and Energy Program. Each panel member provided an update on current initiatives within their respective scope of Army energy security.
Panel members discussed the newly formed Energy Initiatives Task Force. The E-I Task Force is dedicated to working with the private sector to execute cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy efforts, and streamlining the process of project approval and execution.
Discussion also included an update on the Net Zero Installation initiative, in which the Army strives to create fully sustainable installations that maximize energy efficiency, implement water conservation practices, and eliminate unnecessary waste generation.
The panel members also reviewed the various challenges the Army faces in respect to carrying out the Army's Power and Energy initiatives, but reiterated that increasing energy security is a top Army priority, since enhancing our energy security posture is operationally necessary, financially prudent, and mission critical.
The leaders also provided a summary of what the Army is doing in the areas of Soldier Power, Basing Power and Vehicle Power.
At the end of a brief presentation by the panel members, the group opened the floor for a question and answer session.
The focus of questions centered on the Energy Initiatives Task Force, Renewable Energy Mandates and Opportunities for Public-Private partnerships.