Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Air Force Energy Base Hit but No Home Run

I don't want to sound like I'm impossible to please, but ...

CJCSI 3170.01 tells DOD to "Use Energy KPP in all system acquisitions" and DoDI 5000.02 says "The fully burdened cost of delivered energy shall be used in trade-off analyses conducted for all DoD tactical systems with end items that create a demand for energy." 

Why then, does the Fully Burdened Cost of Fuel appear once and only once in the 33 pages of the new Air Force Energy Program Policy memo dated 19 December 2008, and merely as an objective to create a "pilot acquisition strategy" for an acquisition and technology working group?

I'm not trying to be a jerk, and I haven't read every word, but the memo seems to devote a lot more language to establishing an "energy day" than it does to making the FBCF a part of the AF's core acquisition processes anytime soon.  And there's not one mention of the energy efficiency KPP.

It's good to see plenty on culture change and alt fuels development and certification. But still, how can the the AF ignore such plainly worded guidance on energy analytics and metrics from the top? What about a little "Unity of Purpose" as the DOD attempts to bring sweeping improvements in energy policy to all of its constituents?

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