New Operational Energy Strategy Released by the Department

Reflecting the essential role of operational energy in warfighting as well as the risks to its assured delivery, the Department developed and released the 2016 Operational Energy Strategy.

Energy has been – and will remain – a fundamental enabler of military capability. To complete worldwide missions, forces on air, land, and sea need energy delivered over great distances, through adverse weather and geography, and often against determined adversaries. Since the inaugural Operational Energy Strategy in 2011, the Department has made tremendous strides in refining our use of energy at contingency bases, adapting our requirements and force development process, and establishing operational energy policy and oversight across the Services, Combatant Commands, and the Department overall.

The 2016 strategy builds on these successes and shifts the Department’s focus towards a refined set of objectives, including:
  • Increase future warfighting capability by including energy throughout future force development.
  • Identify and reduce logistics and operational risks from operational energy vulnerabilities.
  • Enhance the mission effectiveness of the current force through updated equipment and improvements in training, exercises, and operations.
The initiatives to achieve these objectives will require the efforts of OSD, Joint Staff, the Military Departments, Combatant Commands, and Defense Agencies. Together, the Department will lighten the logistics footprint, ensure uninterrupted operations in contested environments, and better inform Department decision-making across planning, programming, requirements, acquisition, budgeting, execution, and operational planning.

Working with the Defense Components, Ms. Amanda Simpson, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, will oversee implementation of the strategy.


10 U.S. Code § 2924 defines operational energy as “the energy required for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms for military operations,” and the Department considers operational energy to be the energy used in military operations, in direct support of military operations, and in training that supports unit readiness for military operations, to include the energy used at contingency bases.

In fiscal year (FY) 2014, DoD consumed 87.4 million barrels of fuel enterprise-wide to deploy and sustain worldwide missions. This fuel supported operations in Afghanistan, Africa, and Iraq, as well as the Department’s global presence, training at home and overseas, and logistical resupply.

    Download the current Operational Energy Strategy here.
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