Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Today's Must Read if You Are Planning a Trip to Afghanistan to Look at Energy Use

Great Article in the National Strategy Forum Review by a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Oliver Fritz. Besides membership in the CFR and a master's in Security Studies from MIT, Mr. Fritz also works in the Office of the Director for Operational Energy Plans and Policies.
This thoughtful and informative piece provides an excellent overview of why energy is a strategic issue for the Department. For example, a $1 increase in the cost of a barrel of oil cost DoD $130 million in annual energy costs. The article also highlights what is going on in DoD energy efforts to include the Net Zero Plus JCTD (picture) now drawing to a close. The way ahead for DoD is to follow the USMC lead in the Commandant's Guidance recently published. Set the goal, establish responsibility, allocate the resources and hold people accountable for the resources expended in pursuit of the goal. What could be easier?

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