Energy enables Army operations at installations across the world. However, as constraints and threats to the energy supply grow in scope and complexity, supplying energy to support Installations’ missions has become increasingly dynamic and challenging. As stated in the National Defense Strategy, the homeland is no longer a sanctuary. Access to a reliable supply of energy and water will be challenged at every opportunity, across multiple domains, by multiple actors, simultaneously.

The Army is prioritizing energy and water resilience at installations. Changes to the nature of warfare mean the Army must be prepared to fight to perform basic functions at its installations in order to generate readiness and project power. A service outage of several hours in the right place at the wrong time can be devastating. The Army’s Installation Energy Program aims to maintain a 14-day supply of water and energy to support the execution of critical missions at Army installations. We are working to implement culture change, improve energy efficiency, and develop large and small-scale energy projects across our portfolio.

Energy

Energy resilience is essential to the Army’s mission and it enables Army operations at installations across the world. The Army is the largest consumer of energy in the Federal Government. In fiscal year 2018, the Army spent more than $1 billion on installation energy. As constraints and threats to the energy supply grow in scope and complexity, supplying energy to support Installations’ missions has become increasingly dynamic and challenging. Access to a reliable supply of energy will be challenged at every opportunity, across multiple domains, by multiple actors, simultaneously.

The Army is prioritizing energy resilience at installations. Changes to the nature of warfare mean the Army must be prepared to fight to perform basic functions at its installations in order to generate readiness and project power. A service outage of several hours in the right place at the wrong time can be devastating. The Army’s Installation Energy Program aims to maintain supplies of energy to support the execution of critical missions at Army installations. We are working to implement culture change, improve energy efficiency, and develop large and small-scale energy projects across our portfolio.

Water

Water is a critical resource that continues to be stressed with population growth, natural threats, and extreme weather. In order to protect the water sources essential to our installations, the Army is supporting multiple efforts to ensure the sustainable use of water. The Army is working to improve the reliability and resilience of installation water systems to minimize potential disruptions. This is being accomplished with the development of water infrastructure projects. The Army is also working to secure alternative water sources through rainwater harvesting systems and reuse of treated wastewater enhance resilience. Finally, the Army is also working to reduce demand. The most cost-effective way to increase water resilience is to use less water. In FY18, the Army reduced potable water use, measured by water use intensity (gallons per square foot), by 34.6% from the FY07 baseline.

Guided by Congressional, Department of Defense, and Army resilience goals, the Army continues to exceed expectations for potable water use, industrial, landscaping, and agriculture water reduction.

World Water Day 2019

Updated as of August 2019