With Congress demurring once again on comprehensive energy innovation reform, creative and practical thinking will be necessary to build America’s clean energy economy. One opportunity often overlooked is to leverage the Department of Defense (DOD), a traditional engine of American innovation,for the task.
Along these lines, the CNA Military Advisory Board today debuted their new report, Powering America’s Economy: Energy Innovation at the Crossroad of National Security Challenges, at an event at the Russell Senate office building. The new report–which foreshadows an upcoming AEL report–explores the growing challenges presented by the close connection between the U.S. energy portfolio and its economic and national security.
As the largest single energy consumer in the nation, the report finds that Department of Defense (DOD) can play a key role in supporting innovation, commercialization, and widespread deployment of clean energy. The report further examines how DOD can harness the leadership characteristics inherent to the military culture, leverage its organizational discipline, and cultivate strategic relationships within the federal interagency network to move America forward in clean energy technology innovation. The briefing–headlined by Sherri Goodman (CNA Senior Vice President), Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (U.S. Navy Ret.; member of CNA Military Advisory Board), Brigadier General Gerald E. Galloway (U.S. Army Ret.; member of CNA Military Advisory Board), Dr. Dorothy Robyn (Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment, U.S. Department of Defense), and Dr. Henry Kelly (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy)–made a case for expanding federal support for energy research, development, demonstration and deployment at the DOD, as well as a more collaborative relationship with the Department of Energy (DOE).