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Author Parthemore, Christine

Title Fueling the future force : preparing the Department of Defense for a post-petroleum era / by Christine Parthemore and John Nagl
Published Washington, DC : Center for a New American Security, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (29 pages) : color illustrations, color map
Contents Introduction -- Why DOD should adopt alternative fuels -- Elements of a DOD energy strategy -- Conclusion
Summary The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) must prepare now to transition smoothly to a future in which it does not depend on petroleum. This is no small task: up to 77 percent of DOD's massive energy needs-- and most of the aircraft, ground vehicles, ships and weapons systems that DOD is purchasing today-- depend on petroleum for fuel. The authors argue that to ready America's armed forces for tomorrow's challenges, DOD should ensure that it can operate all of its systems on non-petroleum fuels by 2040. They recommend 12 specific guiding principles that will help DOD map a path forward that relies on technological innovation, fuel source diversification and efficiency to hedge against price spikes and scarcities and to accommodate America's economic, political and environmental needs. The authors argue that by planning now around these likely future conditions, DOD can weather change, protect its own interests, reduce its vulnerability to extreme price spikes and, most importantly, ensure that it can meet its mandate to protect the nation's security
Notes "September 2010."
Title from PDF title page (viewed on September 28, 2010)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-29)
Notes Mode of access: Internet from Center for a New American Security web site. Adobe Acrobat Reader required
Subject United States. Department of Defense -- Rules and practice
United States. Department of Defense.
Airplanes, Military -- Fuel consumption
Fuel switching -- United States
Vehicles, Military -- Fuel consumption
Armed Forces -- Fuel.
Fuel switching.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Fuel
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Nagl, John A., 1966-
Center for a New American Security
ISBN 1935087347