**Despite inclement weather in the Washington D.C area, Tactical Power Summit will run as scheduled.
Strategies to Reduce the Demand for Energy on the Battlefield
Historically, the Department of Defense has operated with the assumption that low cost energy would be readily available when and where it is needed. Now, however, reliable access to affordable, stable energy supplies is a significant challenge for the military. The DoD has prioritized its responsibility to act in a more sustainable manner and has understood that changing current behavior could enhance military capability and provide considerable cost savings.
"By reducing the Armed Forces’ reliance on fuel, we aim to improve war fighting capabilities. We aim to reduce the risk to fielded forces as they move fuel through contested territory. In the process, we believe we will lower costs for the taxpayer, promote good stewardship of natural resources, and contribute to national energy goals.-The Honorable Sharon Burke
In the face of austere budget environments and for the sake of national security, the U.S. military is aggressively seeking to reduce its energy consumption and to diversify its power sources. Budget allocations towards renewable energies continue to increase year by year as each branch of the military explores the plethora of available options. This responsibility is more urgent now as the military confronts changing military threats, new strategies, and fiscal constraints which dictate improved battlefield survivability, enhanced deployment/maintainability and reduced operating and support costs.
IDGA’s 10th Annual Tactical Power Sources Summit will focus on the innovation, adaption, exploration and evaluation of policies and technologies responsible for reducing the demand for energy on the battlefield. It will address the financial benefits, quality of life, and the preservation of options associated with increasing energy efficiency while maintaining mission capability and supportability.
Tactical Power Sources 2013 will look at:
- The development and delivery of tactical power to support battlefield operations
- Minimizing weight and size of tactical power sources while meeting all user requirements
- Achieving systems that can operate at loads in all military environments
- Developing alternative fuel sources to meet military energy needs
- Meeting power generation and conditioning standards in accordance with military sustainability initiatives