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The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest single consumer of liquid fuels in the world.

defensePetroleum-based fuels power equipment, expeditionary bases, tactical vehicles, aircraft, some naval vessels, and other platforms.

In May 2011, DoD published its first report outlining a strategy to transform the way energy is used in military operations.

It is imperative that DoD reduce the overall demand for operational energy; improve the efficiency of military energy use in order to enhance combat effectiveness; and reduce military mission risks and costs.

On April 16, 2014, DoD releases its first overarching defense energy policy in over 20 years.

The vulnerability of petroleum-based supplies continues to raise both risks and costs for DoD. However, DoD is becoming an important investor in new energy sources. New investments in alternative fuels, derived from feedstocks like camolina, algae, woody biomass, or even waste animal fat can have long-term implications for energy security by providing an alternative to oil.

The DoD divides its energy focus into two areas:

Operational Energy Use –

Training, moving, and sustaining our forces

Sailor refuels an AV-8B Harrier.

Installation Energy Use – 

Reducing risk and increasing energy security on bases around the world



ASP Resources on Defense Alternative Fuels

DoD’s Biofuels Program Fact Sheet Jan 2013

DoD’s Installation Energy Fact Sheet July 2013

Bio Fuels and National Security Fact Sheet Feb 2012

Bio Fuels Fact Sheet March 2012

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