On Tuesday October 2, 2013, Scott Sklar (President of Stella Group Ltd) facilitated a discussion on Compatibilities & Logistics for the Military. The talk focused on the necessity for decreasing our reliance on natural resources and investing into new energy solutions to assist with our military readiness.
Today, the energy reliance in the world has tremendously increased yet the US military has unrealistic assessments on what our energy backup capabilities are post 9/11. To demonstrate, five military bases were assessed following the 9/11 attack to determine their back-up capabilities and out of the five tested, only one could stay un-reliant on energy for three days instead of the expected quota of ninety days. Last month, at a Center for Strategic and International Studies talk the Director of Logistics at the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that the military will decrease demand and operationally look at other avenues for energy reliance. In conjunction with the JCS’s recent announcement , the US Navy also issued a new energy policy called ‘Shore Energy Management’ and the two goals it strives for are -1) to operate the military bases on water, waste and solar. 2) Increase integration yet still maintain autonomy, this will eventually decrease vulnerability. Mr. Sklar mentioned that the TIDES initiative at NDU is relevant to the overall mission of finding integrated approaches to bridge the gap between domestic firms producing cutting edge energy solutions and the DoD.
The ‘Mission’ or goals that Dr. Sklar hopes are attained in the near future are that the DoD cuts its fuel use by 50% in the near future. This can be made possible by…
1. Cutting tether of fuel supply chain
2. Reducing our heat signature
3. Reducing Noise
4. Most Importantly- Creating different options that look at the long term implications of what happens when our forces leave
Necessary to combat the growing complexities of the twenty-first century, Mr. Sklar stated that the DoD must move towards a culture that encourages an integrated approach to assessing their sustainability issues. Mr. Sklar proposed that rather than assigning one specific sector to find a viable solution, it is advantageous to create a global pool of knowledge sharing that yields a more nuanced understanding of the issue and creates a holistic solution. It is the blend of these private sector technologies that matters in cutting fuel consumption as well as communication and water technologies that are becoming key players in finding solutions. In the past few years, Mr. Sklar notes that 269 billion went into environmental technology in the private sector investment alone. Thus, overall energy reliance is not just important for the DoD or for Fortune 500 companies, but rather it is increasing crucial for the people on the ground in developing countries. The global impact of reducing our reliance on fuel consumption is vital to better understanding the debate on whether renewable energy is an investment that will eventually pay off. To learn more about Mr. Scott Sklar and his insights, click here: http://thestellagroupltd.com/