On June 23, American Security Project board member Lieutenant General Norman Seip, USAF (Ret.) authored an opinion piece in Stars and Stripes titled “Nuclear micro reactors: A powerful military tool.” The article highlights energy’s central role in ensuring the U.S. military is technologically equipped for the new nature of conflict in the twenty-first century. General Seip believes nuclear energy to be especially integral in this regard:
“Perhaps the most exciting area of energy innovation that the Air Force can take advantage of is in new, advanced nuclear power. Although the Air Force tested flying nuclear reactors in the 1950s, today’s applications would enable continuous on-demand power.”
One advanced nuclear energy solution is the creation and implementation of mobile micro nuclear reactors to support deployed forces. Earlier this year, the Strategic Capabilities Office announced an initiative to do just that. General Seip argues these “always-on” reactors will allow the U.S. Air Force to diversify away from reliance on local electricity grids, which are increasingly susceptible to hostile asymmetric operations.
Read General Seip’s full article at Stars and Stripes here.