Even the Military Is Reducing Energy Use

The U.S. military requires vast amounts of fossil fuel to operate. In 2010, the U.S. military used over five billion gallons of fuel in military operations which cost $13.2 billion, a 255 percent increase over 1997 prices. DeSmogBlog characterizes the military, in general, not just the U.S. military, as the “the single largest consumer of energy in the world,” and the U.S. military accounts for one percent of total consumption in the U.S. The U.S. military is the largest military in the world.

Enter the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) report, Operational Energy Strategy, the first time the DOD published a strategy to reduce its energy and fuel use. The report states that “energy security is critical to national security.” The report goes on to state DOD’s “current energy consumption patterns are inconsistent with national strategic goals to build American strength and a stable international order, including by reducing the Nation’s dependence on oil and transforming the U.S. energy economy.”

Three ways the DOD plans to reduce the military’s overall energy use are listed:

  • Reduce the demand for energy in military operations, and improve energy efficiency in military operations.
  • Expand and secure the supply of energy to military operations. The DOD needs to diversify its energy sources.
  • Build energy security into the future force. About 75 percent of the energy used by the military in 2009 was considered operational

The report cites the example of reducing aircraft weight as one way the DOD plans to reduce its energy use. Reducing aircraft weight by removing non-mission essential items and working with partner nations to fly more fuel-efficient routes is projected to save $400 million over the next five years

The DOD created Sharon Burke’s position last fall as director of operational energy plans and programs last fall. In October, Burke said that the DOD is focusing on reducing energy demand.  Burke said that reducing energy demand is important “because no matter what kind of energy we’re using, the amount of energy we’re using causes us problems in practice — particularly in the kinds of fights we’re fighting today where so much of our logistics train is in the battlefield.”


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KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Wish they stopped investing energy in military actions altogether!

carlee trent
carlee trent4 years ago

go army

Md.Aminul Hoque Bhuiya.

Appreciated, ofcourse it's a good sign as well as an example for all of us to follow. Congrates US Military.

clara H.
Clara Hamill4 years ago

Great the military go's green so it can create more red as in human lives way to go military.

Jane W.
Jane Warren4 years ago

perhaps reducing the size of the military would use less
(she said tucking and running)

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A.4 years ago

Sure you can tell them to make more efficient killing machines which use less fuel but kill a lot more. This will be more convenient but who will pay extra Billions to the oil cartels and corporates. Will the previous rulers, Bushes, Chennies and others be happy with that?

Most certainly not, they want the same and more of the same. The newer ones are not much better and have the follow the setup or lose their jobs.

This is set to continue till they squeeze every drop of oil from land and sea. God help the planet.

Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

ANYTHING to help us NOT buying oil from Arab countries is a PLUS!

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova4 years ago

Thx for sharing!

Michael M.
Michael M.4 years ago

I was in the military and I can tell you there is a LOT of waste in fuel and energy consumption! Do NOT tell me alternatives can't replace some conventional fuels.

Can it replace it 100 percent? Of course not. But they could use generators that are more fuel efficient. They COULD install solar panels on their roofs on-base. Hell, I was at Ft. Bliss, Tx in the 90's and they were rebuilding new barracks and not a single solar panel to be found in the middle of the desert. Yeah, not smart.

Can they get bio-diesel for their humvees? Of course they can. I've seen the waste coming out of their mess halls. :p

Can you TURN OFF the damn lights if you are not using them?

Can you TURN DOWN the AC? (1992, Texas summer, it's hot. AC on full blast in the barracks and everyone was complaining it was too cold!)

Can you turn OFF the computer at night?

How about they replace the old windows with energy efficient ones?

I remember when President Carter installed solar panels on top of the White House... The short sighted idiot after him removed them at taxpayer expense. Those panels could of been PAID for a long time ago and continued to provide energy to this day.

Sometimes, it takes a little thinking outside of "America and Americans can consume everything in it's path" and be damned everyone else.