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Increased energy efficiency in military operations is critical to the defense of our country and the protection of our troops abroad. Many of the key components to these efforts are made possible through innovations in chemistry.
The U.S. military uses more energy than two-thirds of all countries in the world, accounting for 80 percent of the entire U.S. government’s energy use. So far, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made significant strides in its efforts to improve operational efficiency.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently announced that DoD will invest $9 billion in its energy strategy during the next five fiscal years, adding:
[quote]The innovative approach the Defense Department is taking to achieving greater operational efficiency and boosting combat effectiveness is exactly in line with our new defense strategy. These investments in new energy technologies, more than 90 percent of which are for energy efficiency or energy performance upgrades, will enable our forces to operate longer and at greater distance while enhancing our energy security at home and, in many cases, reducing costs.[/quote]
Earlier this year, DOD released its Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan, a roadmap to transform energy use in military operations to reduce energy demand, expand and secure energy supplies and build energy security into the future force.
DOD uses many products of chemistry to increase energy efficiency, reduce dependence on foreign sources, and extend the reach and capabilities of our forces worldwide.
From helping to improve energy storage through advanced batteries and auxiliary power units; to improvements in building and vehicle efficiency on established bases and in forward areas; to energy recovery technology that converts solid waste into valuable energy – it all starts with chemistry.
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