Army Power and Energy (Overview)

Thursday August 9, 2012

What is it?

Energy is a foundational enabler for all military capabilities. Energy is recognized as both a force multiplier and conversely, a vulnerability that can be exploited. Energy is an operational necessity for mission accomplishment. 'Energy security' is having assured access to reliable supplies of energy and the ability to protect and deliver sufficient energy to meet mission essential requirements.

What has the Army done?

The Army is enhancing mission effectiveness through Army Power and Energy advancements. Senior Army Leaders have identified Army Power and Energy as an Army priority. Energy goals and metrics have been incorporated into the Army Campaign Plan, the capstone document that sets priorities for Army leaders.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army is making Power and Energy an accountable consideration in everything we do, making every Soldier, civilian and family member an Energy Manager. The Army is developing new doctrine, policies, plans and technologies that will improve the management and use of Energy to better support Soldiers' needs. The Army is researching, developing, and deploying a variety of advanced technologies and improved management practices for energy, water, and waste to ensure that our Soldiers today - and the Soldiers of the future - have the land, water, and energy they need in which to train and operate; a healthy environment in which to live; and the support of local communities and the American people. Initiatives such as solar power, storm water management and water efficiency are positive steps being taken toward addressing the challenges of energy security in the operational and garrison environments.

Why is this important to the Army?

Supplying power and energy to our Army around the world is an increasingly challenging, expensive and dangerous undertaking. The Army must include energy security as a prime consideration in all activities to reduce demand, increase efficiency, obtain alternative sources of energy and create a culture of energy. The Army must be prepared to maintain and secure access to energy sources, which provide the capability to conduct military operations. Innovative and adaptive leaders, seeking ways to increase energy efficiency and implement renewable and alternate sources of energy, are key to saving lives and increasing the Army's flexibility by reducing costs.


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"It really is amazing, the wide variety of things here that are being demonstrated and then fielded in a very short time frame. Our intent is to leverage technology in a way that makes the mission much more effective. This is about mission effectiveness and mission enablers and teaching Soldiers that being energy smart doesn't mean it's going to sacrifice or jeopardize some of the comforts or some of the ways they've been taught to war fight."

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What They're Saying

"It is our job as senior leaders to ensure it's competitive, it shows true competency and it is an award of a true expert. With the integration of new equipment, we've got to ensure our testing and training standards are evolving as fast as the new equipment is arriving. That is the only way to truly measure an expert Infantry Soldier."

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