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The US Department of Defense: Valuing Energy Security

The US Department of Defense: Valuing Energy Security

The Department of Defense is the largest single consumer of energy in the United States.  In 2006, it spent $13.6 billion to buy 110 million barrels of petroleum fuel (about 300,000 barrels of oil each day), and 3.8 billion kWh of electricity.  In pursuit of Energy Security the US Department of Defense is assembling a diversified energy portfolio tailored to the assets and needs of individual facilities necessary for national defense.  Without specifying it as such, DoD is taking a holistic approach to their transformation.

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China's Oil Supply Dependence

China is aggressively buying up commodities around the world including oil.  In fact the recent uptick in Q2 2009 global commodity prices, including June $73 a barrel oil, is partly attributed to China's natural resource stockpiling.  The other side of this equation is growing Chinese oil dependency and the security vulnerabilities this creates for the country and the world.  Is China on a collision course with other major oil importers and what are the implications of this for global security?

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The Security Vulnerabilities of Smart Grid

The Security Vulnerabilities of Smart Grid

Jude Clemente, an Energy Security Analyst at San Diego State University, warns that terrorists have long realized disrupting the US information infrastructure is a far less risky strategy than traditional military combat. The internet, for example, gives terrorists a readily available, mostly unguarded corridor where they can hide their location, select their entryway, and mask their identity.  With the advent of Smart Grid new vulnerabilities are emerging on the backbone of this modern technology. 

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Iran-Pakistan Pipeline: Iran's New Economic Lifeline

Iran-Pakistan Pipeline: Iran's New Economic Lifeline
Iran's nuclear ambitions and Pakistanis fleeing the Swat valley have drawn the world’s attention.  Behind the scenes however is the ever-churning issue of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline that could ultimately be extended to India.  If built, the Iran-Pakistan pipeline could create a new dynamic in the region offering Iran new and important political and economic leverage over its neighbors.  The pipeline also unwittingly helps Russia in its gas market stranglehold over Europe by redirecting potential Iranian gas exports elsewhere.  What should American policy makers be thinking about such a development and more importantly what are the options?
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Europe's Chance to Face Up to Russia's Energy Bullying

The Putin regime and Russian oil and gas companies are pursuing a crisis-exploiting strategy aggressively targeting the European energy market by wooing Azerbaijan, swaying Ukraine, and assailing Hungary.  These moves are aimed at undermining European plans for a Southern Corridor intended to reduce European energy dependence on Russia. While pursuing this aggressive strategy towards Europe, Russia is facing troubles in its Central Asian backyard with Turkmenistan now eagerly signaling to the West that it is not a Russian protectorate but open to Western engagement and investment. With cracks opening in the Russian strategy, the EU should exploit Azeri and Turkmen openness for engagement and investment to secure the Southern Corridor, which could decrease European dependence on Russia by exporting Central Asian gas to Europe while circumventing Russia.

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