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The DoD is the greatest consumer of energy resources across the Federal Government. As captured in this figure from a recent Wall Street Journal article, the DoD consumes some 93 percent of energy used at the Federal level. The Department’s energy portfolio includes both the energy used at military installations within the United States and overseas, as well as the energy used by military forces in execution of their operational responsibilities – such as fuel requirements needed to support the DoD’s massive arsenal of highly fuel dependent ships, ground vehicles (tanks, MRAPs, HUMVEEs, etc.) and airplanes.
Two Impacts of Fuel Consumption at DoD
Operational Energy Strategy is the Way Ahead
In recent months, the DoD has developed an Operational Energy Strategy designed to provide a roadmap for its energy initiatives of the future. The strategy includes three foundational principles that will guide future planning efforts to ensure our forces have the energy resources required to face twenty-first century challenges. These three principles include:
These three principles are a step in the right direction as the DoD seeks to improve energy efficiency across the organization, but it is vitally important that these high level strategic imperatives permeate throughout the chain of command for real change to occur. More specifically, leadership must consider several different elements across the organization to achieve change—a subject to be covered in the following blog entry on organizational change.
A first step toward implementing this change can be found in action taken by General Petraeus, Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan and the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus recently sought to implement the DoD’s Operational Energy Strategy in his 7 June 2011 Memorandum on Supporting the Mission with Operational Energy. In this memo, General Petraeus directed all Commanders for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan to take ownership of unit energy demand—a major stride toward establishing accountability for operational energy consumption throughout the ranks.
This step will be the first of many to follow which seek to reduce energy consumption across all levels of the DoD (military, civilian, and contractor). The DoD has laid the proper foundation through its Operational Energy Strategy for achieving a major reduction in energy consumption and increased energy security. Given the proper mix of leadership and accountability for its implementation, both the warfighter and the taxpayer will benefit significantly.
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Tim Fain is an Associate Partner and Service Area Leader within IBM’s Global Business Services Public Sector. Mr. Fain has more than 30 years of technical, managerial, and consulting experience. Specifically his experience involves developing organizational, economic development and environmental and energy sustainability strategies; improving business models and processes; and helping organizations develop transformation roadmaps. He uses his extensive knowledge of Federal regulatory and budgetary processes, e-Government principles and methodologies, and strategic planning to help public sector clients address policy, service, and transformational challenges.
Prior to joining IBM, Tim spent eight years at the Office of Management and Budget where he worked on a broad range of Federal government information technology and policy issues. A former US Navy Submarine Officer, Tim holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering, a MA in National Security Studies, and a MPP in International Trade and Finance.
Tim Fain (email@example.com)
Michael J. Arendt Jr is a Senior Consultant at IBM, currently providing consulting support to the United States Navy. Mr. Arendt’s Navy consulting role includes technical and business research and analysis for implementation of Naval Open Architecture principles throughout the Naval Enterprise. These efforts have recently been expanded to support the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD AT&L) in furtherance of his Better Buying Power initiative of 14 September 2010. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Arendt served as a faculty research assistant at the University of Maryland’s Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (CPPPE) contributing to numerous research studies on topics related to key areas of defense acquisition and logistics. .
Mr. Arendt is a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy with a research concentration of Management, Finance and Leadership. His dissertation research seeks to identify strategies for the application and implementation of performance evaluation tools to benchmark DoD supply-chain transformation efforts.
Michael J. Arendt (firstname.lastname@example.org)