DoD Siting Clearinghouse, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment) (EI&E)

About the DoD Siting Clearinghouse

In January 2011, Congress directed the establishment of the DoD Siting Clearinghouse in Section 358 of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, Public Law 111-383. This legislation, with subsequent amendments, focused DoD's official engagement within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Obstruction Evaluation / Airport Airspace Analysis (OE/AAA) process and set clear guidelines for when and how DoD may object to energy project proposals. Under this statute, the DoD may only oppose development of an energy project when impacts cannot be feasibly and affordably mitigated, and may significantly degrade or impair military operations.

The DoD is supportive of renewable energy where it is compatible with DoD's mission to test, train, and operate. With the rapid expansion of alternative energy, the DoD is increasingly called upon to review the compatibility of proposed wind, solar, transmission, and other projects with military activities. The DoD Siting Clearinghouse provides a timely, transparent, and repeatable process that can evaluate potential impacts and explore mitigation options, while preserving the DoD mission through collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Communication, early and often, is critical in ensuring timely resolution of concerns that support both developers and military.

Below are the DoD Siting Clearinghouse Board of Directors as chartered by the Deputy Secretary of Defense, all of which work together and act as one voice in response to proposed energy projects.

  • Department of the Army
  • Department of the Navy
  • Department of the Air Force
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment (EI&E)
  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America's Security Affairs
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness
  • DoD Test Resource Management Center
  • Joint Staff
  • Principle Deputy Director Test & Evaluation
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