Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Outcomes vs Prescriptions and Wireless Energy

"The fact is that energy is what enables us to be decisive on the battlefield," said Col. Paul E. Roege, special assistant to the energy director at the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC). His comments came during a conversation with researchers, industry representatives and other federal officials hosted at the Brookings Institution (from Paul Roege is one of the most credible voices in DOD energy with an MBA and PhD from MIT. He has served in DOE labs as well as helping write Army doctrine on energy. His message? DOD needs outcome based policies, not a list of prescriptive requirements.

Roege’s work with ARCIC helped produce the Army’s 20 year outlook for power and energy. In his discussion at Brookings, COL Roege envisioned the wireless transmission of electricity, a “hot spot” for energy. For many of us this is crazy talk, but who remembers setting up their first wireless internet router? When guys like Roege talk crazy, we should listen.

In the article reporting this, anonymous members of the newly renamed Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Policy (formerly the DOEPP, now the ASDOEPP) declined to specify when their mandated strategy would be published. Due in December 2010, I am hoping it was held up make sure all the policies would be outcome based vice prescriptive. Standing by for action!

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