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Capabilities-based planning for energy security at Department of Defense installations

Capabilities-based planning for energy security at Department of Defense installations

Samaras, Constantine, author; Willis, Henry H., author

Department of Defense (DoD) installations rely on the commercial electricity grid for 99 percent of their electricity needs, but extensive energy delivery outages in 2012 have reinforced that the U.S. electricity grid is vulnerable to disruptions from natural hazards and actor-induced outages, such as physical or cyber attacks. In the event of a catastrophic disaster--such as a severe hurricane, massive earthquake, or large-scale terrorist attack--DoD installations would also serve as a base for emergency services. To enhance energy security, DoD has identified diversifying energy sources and increasing efficiency in DoD operations as critical goals. But how to enhance energy security across the portfolio of installations is not clear and several questions remain unanswered: Energy security for how long? Under what conditions? At what cost? The underlying analytical questions are, what critical capabilities do U.S. installations provide, and how can DoD maintain these capabilities during an energy services disruption in the most cost-effective manner? Answering these questions requires a systems approach that incorporates technological, economic, and operational uncertainties. Using portfolio analysis methods for assessing capability options, this paper presents a framework to evaluate choices among energy security strategies for DoD installations. This framework evaluates whether existing or proposed installation energy security strategies enhance DoD capabilities and evaluates strategy cost-effectiveness

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2013

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Statement of responsibility: Constantine Samaras, Henry H. Willis
ISBN: 0833079131, 9780833079107, 9780833079138
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource
Subject: TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; United States. Department of Defense Energy consumption.; United States.; Energy consumption.; Energy conservation.; Strategic planning.; Energy policy.; HISTORY Military Other.; United States. Department of Defense Energy conservation.; United States. Department of Defense.; Strategic planning United States.; Energy policy United States.; BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Infrastructure.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Using Joint Capability Areas to Inform Installation Energy Security Decisions
  3. Developing a Capabilities-Based Approach for Evaluating Energy Security Decisions
  4. Conclusions
  5. Appendix: Relevant Joint Capability Areas Served by Installation Energy Services.