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Operational Energy

Photos (left to right): Base Camp System Integration Laboratory, PM Force Sustainment Systems; CW4 Daniel McClinton; Advanced Medium Mobile Power System

Operational Energy

The Army Operational Energy program helps ensure the powering of Army vehicles, aircraft and mission command systems is based on energy-informed decisions. Oversight activities include assessing the impact of power flow in soldier-carried equipment, such as radios and GPS systems. The program also focuses on reducing power consumption and extending battery life in the field.

The program is also integrating energy resilience and security measures into training programs and everyday decision-making processes to enhance Army readiness.

Army Operational Energy Policy 30 Apr 2013

Contingency Basing

Contingency Bases (CBs) are evolving locations that support military operations by deployed units and provide the necessary support and services for sustained operations. While not permanent bases or installations per se, the longer the duration of the supported operation, the more they require facilities similar to permanent/enduring bases and installations (e.g., enhanced infrastructure). Improving efficiency and reliability at CBs represents a great opportunity to increase operational effectiveness by improving mission continuity and reducing the need to divert manpower to deliver fuel, and to operate, maintain and respond to outages in energy systems.

The Army has several strategic initiatives to address the CB camp design, construction and operational needs. The initiatives include policy development for contingency bases, synchronizing CB efforts within the army, optimizing capabilities for CBs and integrating strategic planning for Joint participation across. Optimizing CB capabilities involves developing strategies for reducing energy consumption, minimizing the use of natural resources, reducing waste, and improving efficiency of operations at the least cost to Army and DoD. The Army has successfully deployed a rage of CB solutions including: fuel management, smart micro grids, renewable energy sources, more efficient generators, onsite water production, and insulated shelters.

Army Policy for Establishing, Managing and Transitioning Contingency Basing

Updated as of February 22, 2018