Sunday, December 21, 2014
Defense Energy Alert
News and documents on the military's efforts to reduce fuel consumption and explore alternative energy sources
DefenseAlert - 12/04/2014

The Defense Department is slated to spend $16 billion on fuel in fiscal year 2014 to support military operations, training and exercises, after having spent $14.8 billion in FY-13, according to DOD's latest operational energy report.

Inside the Air Force - 11/28/2014

The Air Force no longer has an office dedicated to flight-testing alternative fuels for fleet certification, but the Air Force Research Laboratory continues to examine and test alternative fuel blends in partnership with industry and international allies.

Inside the Air Force - 11/28/2014

An Air Force Research Laboratory technology that transforms synthetic gas into liquid fuel could be a solution to a larger Defense Department effort to improve waste-to-energy systems throughout the department.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

After closing its alternative fuels certification office in 2013, the Air Force remains interested in the future of biofuels and their implication for the service -- but until these more efficient fuels are cost-competitive, that interest will remain on the sideline, according to the service's top energy official.

DefenseAlert - 10/29/2014

The civilian chief of the National Nuclear Security Administration hopes a congressionally mandated panel charged with assessing nuclear enterprise management gaps at NNSA will see recent improvement efforts as evidence of progress.

Inside the Air Force - 09/12/2014

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is working with other government space agencies to establish a plan to better leverage the benefits of solar electric propulsion in U.S. space systems and hopes to have a plan in place next year.

DefenseAlert - 08/04/2014

The Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division a $49.6 million contract to begin planning work associated with defueling the aircraft carrier George Washington, a move HII hopes is the first step toward an award of the full refueling contract.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/10/2014

The Defense Department has either overestimated or underestimated its fuel costs in the past five years leading to large transfers of money from other accounts into a working capital fund designed to absorb fluctuations in fuel costs, according to a Government Accountability Office report released July 8.

Inside the Air Force - 05/23/2014

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- A Navy program to boost the fuel efficiency of the Joint Strike Fighter engine is the nearest opportunity for Pratt & Whitney to transition new fighter engine technology into a product for the military, a company executive said this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/15/2014

Leading members of House and Senate subcommittees are urging the energy secretary to free up about $35 million in fiscal year 2014 funds to provide maintenance to a Naval prototype reactor plant in upstate New York and avoid its shutdown in the second quarter of FY-15.

Inside the Navy - 05/12/2014

The Navy portion of the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, passed last week, fully funds the FY-15 costs associated with the refueling and complex overhaul of the George Washington carrier (CVN-73) in order to ensure the Navy keeps 11 nuclear-powered aircraft carriers in its fleet.

Inside the Navy - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, released last week, would close a $150 million funding shortfall for naval nuclear reactor programs affecting the lead ship of the Ohio-class replacement submarine program.

Inside the Navy - 05/05/2014

Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory have developed a technology to harvest carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater, paving the way forward for a liquid hydrocarbon fuel that could be used to fuel military jets within a decade.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/24/2014

In its first comprehensive energy policy statement in more than two decades, the Pentagon has released a directive laying out the department's policy goals and assigning responsibilities to senior defense leaders for energy planning, use and management.

Inside the Army - 04/21/2014

The Army last week said it would use an existing contract and private sector financing to build an 18-megawatt solar facility at Ft. Huachuca, AZ, according to a service spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 04/10/2014

A funding shortfall affecting the Navy's nuclear reactor program could push back by six months the construction schedule for the lead ship of the Ohio-class replacement submarine program, according to top Navy officials.

Inside the Air Force - 04/04/2014

The Air Force's top official for installations, environment and logistics has emphasized the service's commitment to improving the energy efficiency of its aircraft and military installations even as budget realities force service leaders to make deep cuts to force structure and modernization programs.

DefenseAlert - 03/27/2014

The Defense Science Board has been asked to suggest how to improve the way the military provides energy to remote bases.

Inside the Navy - 02/24/2014

The prime systems integrator for the Navy's Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyers is involved in building power modules for the electromagnetic railgun, a company official told Inside the Navy, adding that he believes the ships have the potential to support installation of the weapon.

Inside the Navy - 02/24/2014

The Navy's strategic system programs office recently completed a high consequence management study associated with the service's nuclear enterprise and will implement the analysis and lessons learned into a mandatory training for employees.

Inside the Army - 02/24/2014

The Army last week announced plans to award a contract for up to 28 megawatts of electricity from a renewable energy biomass facility to be built using private-sector financing at Ft. Drum, NY, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Navy - 02/17/2014

As the Navy investigates allegations of cheating by senior enlisted sailors training on naval nuclear reactors at a nuclear propulsion training facility in Charleston, SC, with about 30 watch supervisors losing access to the site, there has been no operational impact at this point, according to a Navy official.

DefenseAlert - 02/04/2014

The Navy is investigating allegations of cheating by senior enlisted sailors training on naval nuclear reactors at a nuclear propulsion training facility in Charleston, SC, senior service officials said today.

Inside the Navy - 02/03/2014

The Navy is looking to find efficiencies in its energy use as it continues to develop directed-energy weapons and ships that will consequently be consuming more energy, a Navy official said last week.

Inside the Navy - 02/03/2014

The Navy last month awarded two contracts for the design, fabrication and delivery of the Medium Hybrid Expeditionary Energy System, a new energy-efficient power platform that will provide electricity to Marines in remote locations, according to a recent Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Air Force - 01/17/2014

The nonprofit group Business Executives for National Security is working with a relatively small agency within the Pentagon, the Defense Logistics Agency's fuel acquisition unit, to try and bring improved accounting standards to the Defense Department, according to BENS CEO Norton Schwartz -- the former chief of staff of the Air Force.

Inside the Air Force - 12/20/2013

The Air Force's top energy official said this week that decisions about how aircraft are used in an operational context can potentially have a greater impact on the service's energy consumption than small, incremental design improvements to individual weapon systems.

Inside the Navy - 11/25/2013

The continuing budget uncertainty in Congress will negatively impact the Navy's energy goals down the road, Byron Paez, the deputy director/chief of staff in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, said last week.

Inside the Air Force - 11/22/2013

Air Force energy efficiency projects sidelined under sequestration in fiscal year 2013 will be among the service's priorities this fiscal year -- however, the service's top energy official told reporters this week that his office can't develop an accurate priority list without knowing how much funding to expect.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/21/2013

The Pentagon's shift toward the Asia-Pacific region could be compounded by energy supply challenges, the department writes in its most recent annual operational energy report.

Inside the Army - 11/11/2013

A top Army energy official said last week that service efforts to cut reliance on fuel and water in theater will be hampered by upcoming budget constraints caused by sequestration.

Inside the Air Force - 11/08/2013

Air Mobility Command is working toward providing the Air Force's fuel efficiency office with updated and accurate aircraft equipment information in response to an audit which shows that the office encountered various issues while trying to generate and track fuel savings in fiscal year 2012.

Inside the Air Force - 11/08/2013

Only two Air Force aircraft -- the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft and the U-2 spy plane -- are not authorized to use, with no restrictions, what is to become the service's new standard jet fuel, Jet A.

Inside the Air Force - 11/01/2013

The Air Force is in the process of changing its primary domestic jet fuel source from Jet Propellant-8 to Jet A, a less expensive commercial blend.

Inside the Army - 09/30/2013

The Army last week awarded the fourth and final series of contracts that could direct as much as $7 billion of private financing into building renewable energy installations on a variety of military bases in the United States.

Inside the Army - 09/16/2013

Despite the ongoing push for reduced spending across the Defense Department, the Pentagon will continue to fund new technologies and innovations to curb military fuel consumption, according to DOD's top operational energy official.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/12/2013

The head of the Senate Armed Services Committee said a key defense acquisition reform law passed four years ago that focused on weapon system requirements, costs and schedules has helped the Defense Department stabilize and improve acquisition, pointing to anecdotal "satisfaction."

Inside the Army - 09/02/2013

The Army last week awarded a series of contracts to companies which will use private financing to build solar energy installations on a variety of Army bases in the United States.

Inside the Navy - 08/26/2013

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ships are the only class still using non-nuclear steam propulsion plants -- less efficient and more costly than gas turbines, diesel engines or electric power systems -- but a slew of small initiatives should collectively help the ship class carry out the second half of its service life in a more fuel-efficient manner, according to a recent Navy report.

Inside the Air Force - 08/16/2013

Air Mobility Command is preparing to pitch to Air Force leadership a proposal for an advanced technology demonstration of a concept that could save the service as much as $10 million each year by changing the way it flies its most-used cargo aircraft.

Inside the Army - 07/22/2013

The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is touting the development of a new device that will quickly increase the fuel efficiency of the some of the service's biggest gas guzzlers, though the product is unlikely to reach Afghanistan before American forces exit the country, according to Army officials.

Inside the Army - 07/22/2013

The Army's Rapid Equipping Force will deploy more than $30 million in hybrid alternative and renewable energy systems at sites in Africa and Afghanistan by November, according to a REF adviser.

Inside the Army - 07/22/2013

The Army recently announced that it is developing a battery that can be integrated into soldier body armor, thus improving battlefield agility.

Inside the Army - 07/01/2013

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Army and Marine Corps to brief Congress on efforts to improve the fuel efficiency and safety of armored vehicles, according the panel's report on its fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Navy - 06/24/2013

The Marine Corps has opted to equip its humvee fleet with less costly on-board vehicle power inverters than a more costly on-board vehicle power kit, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Air Force - 06/14/2013

The House Appropriations Committee wants to increase the Air Force's fuel budget by $284 million as part of a larger effort to address a "habitual underfunding" of fuel costs across the Defense Department.

Inside the Navy - 05/27/2013

The recently released plan on future Navy energy technologies has been signed off on by resource sponsors on the chief of naval operations' staff and will be used to inform budgets for years to come, improving the likelihood that the sea service will find room in tight budgets for the science and technology at the backbone of future ships and weapons systems, an official told Inside the Navy last week.

Inside the Navy - 05/27/2013

The Marine Corps will continue hosting Experimental Forward Operating Bases to identify technologies that reduce dependency on energy and water in the battlefield even as the service draws down its presence in Afghanistan and budgets remain uncertain, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for energy said last week.

Inside the Navy - 05/20/2013

The Navy and its industry partners should start working now to develop the energy technologies that will be needed decades into the future to support advanced radars and energy weapons, particularly with the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and Littoral Combat Ship replacement programs looming at the back end of the service's 30-year shipbuilding plan, according to a new roadmap released last week by Naval Sea Systems Command.

Inside the Army - 05/13/2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, has awarded a first-of-its-kind contract in a move that could direct as much as $7 billion of private financing into supporting renewable energy at Defense Department installations, according to an Army announcement.