Army Operational Energy Strategy Collaboration Meeting

The Army is increasing its focus on energy and power related technologies and capabilities. To that end a team to develop an overarching Army strategy in this area has been stood up. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the team members from across Army Futures Command to come together to edit and refine the document prior to it being sent forward for review and signature. The meetings will be held on May 17th and May 18th at the DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi Laboratory Center in Adelphi, MD. The meetings will consist of several sessions to edit and refine the strategy along with tours of DEVCOM ARL facilities and ongoing research.

Background

Throughout our history, military planners have considered energy resources as constraints on operational effectiveness. However, as new technologies are tested and developed, the paradigm is shifting to consider resources, energy in particular, as a mission enabler. The U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) 2028 clearly illustrates the vast distances U.S. Army forces must travel to project combat power, sustain operations, secure logistical nodes, maneuver, compete and win in future conflicts. To achieve our strategic objectives in a multi-domain environment, the U.S. Army must leverage all available energy resources from the strategic support area through the deep maneuver area to provide the lethal effects necessary to achieve these aims.

However, many challenges currently impede our ability to exploit various energy resources. The establishment of ports, intermodal nodes, and staging areas require extended lines of communication (LoC) to support Soldiers operating in austere environments. These locations are vulnerable to attack from enemy long-range artillery and cyber-attacks. Second, the U.S. Army can no longer rely on Host Nation (HN) energy infrastructures (fuel production facilities, nuclear power plants, electrical grids, etc) to serve as the primary energy source in an MDO fight. Facilities are unreliable and also vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Lastly, our adversaries currently dominate global supply chains for key industrial products, including lithium, cobalt, and nickel. Without a concise planning effort focused on operational energy, there is a distinct possibility the U.S. Army could suffer resource exhaustion during conflict.

In order to enhance and streamline our energy resiliency efforts a deliberate approach must be established to prioritize efforts across the U.S. Army. The Army Operational Energy Strategy (AOES) aims to establish the process necessary to achieve this effect. In doing so, commanders will have multiple capabilities to harvest, store, manage, and distribute operational energy at the point of need. Thus, enabling the rapid mobility, lethality, and resiliency required to fight and win on the battlefield.

Meeting Venue

DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, MD 20783

Meeting Date

May 17-18, 2022
Registration: 08:00-09:00am
Meeting: 09:00am to 05:00pm

Tentative agenda of both days and tours

Visitor Access Requests – Please review and submit if applicable

  1. All – please register
    1. At this link, you will RSVP for Tuesday and Wednesday’s meeting, commit yes/no to food option (breakfast and lunch) (committing to payment).
    2. CAC users – Please click yes or no –do you have a CAC? Your CAC will get you through the gate the day of the meeting. If you do not have a CAC, please proceed to number 2.
  2. For attendees who do NOT possess a DoD Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID, please contact Jennifer Brickerd or Courtney Cooper.
  3. Option to purchase food for Tuesday and Wednesday: The prices are $11 per person per day for choice of either a sandwich or salad meal with a beverage and cash is required. Attendees will need to either pre-register for food and drink (and commit to paying cash at registration) or bring your own lunch and drinks or use the cafeteria. There is an ATM on site for those who need cash.
  4. Map and Visitors Guide – Please plan to park in the K lot. Go straight, across the bridge, and make a left after the bridge. At the end of the lane, you enter the K lot.

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