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Expanding the Value of Operational Energy

Expanding the Value of Operational Energy

NATO forces have advanced operational energy capabilities over the past several years including development of alternative and more efficient energy technologies, and basic energy system analysis.  Solar panels, insulated shelters, more efficient generators and air conditioners, and electrical power networks all have been recognized for reducing energy logistic demand where deployed.  However, mitigating required fuel delivery requirements is only part of the operational energy opportunity, especially as energy contributions to operational capability continue to expand far beyond the traditional mobility focus.  Operational technologies such as sensing, computing, communicating and networking depend, in turn, on such energy attributes as reliability, quality, density, flexibility, and interoperability for their effectiveness.  We therefore must better define those dependencies, and develop effective models to balance the multitude of energy attributes and their impacts, if we seek to achieve the greatest net operational benefit – the ultimate goal of “energy-informed operations.”

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Frontline NATO: Energy, Science and the Warfighter

Whether it’s called ‘Green Energy’, ‘Smart Energy’, or ‘Operational Energy’ NATO Member and Partner States have learned a lot about the implications of rising power and energy demands in military operations and how emerging technologies can make the warfighter more effective and efficient.  This complex endeavor ranges across a wide range of fields from battery technologies, electric vehicles, and improving the built environment for the solider just to mention a few working examples.  This article discusses the role of the NATO Science and Technology Organization in leading this effort, what they are looking at today, in providing scientific and technological leadership for tomorrow. 

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NATO and the Energy Challenge: A Note From Ambassador Gábor Iklódy

NATO and the Energy Challenge: A Note From Ambassador Gábor Iklódy

 


 

Ambassador Gábor Iklódy, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

 

The Atlantic Alliance is at a historical watershed. The financial crisis is affecting Allied defence budgets in unprecedented ways. Shrinking defence budgets are threatening to compromise our ability to shape the strategic environment in line with our interests and values. If we do not adopt new ways of doing business, we will risk losing our military edge. Given the many threats and challenges of a globalized world, we simply cannot afford to let this happen.

Luckily, there are ways and means to help maintain NATO’s military competence. Enhancing the energy efficiency of our armed forces is one such area where major opportunities are waiting to be exploited. New energy-saving technologies, ranging from smart grids in deployable base camps to fuel cells and Light Emitting Diodes offer not onl...

Hydrocarbon Nation: Algeria's Energy Future

Within the next six months, Algeria will be facing its next round of presidential elections.  The stakes are high for incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and even higher for this hydrocarbon nation.  The country's energy future is dominated by Sonatrach its national energy champion that has struggled in recent years to keep its oil and gas flowing at rates that can sustain economic growth, exports, and steadily increasing domestic demand for natural gas that powers Algeria's electricity grid. 2013 has not been kind to this North African country, surrounded by instabilities in Mali, Tunisia, Libya and further afield in Egypt.  First there was the attack at the In Amenas gas facility that caused the international community to pause and ponder, however briefly, security in this vast state.  But fundamental changes in energy markets are also challenging the country to develop its own si...

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Stepping Out of the Shadows: Turkmenistan and its Feisty Neighbors

Turkmenistan, lead by its ever eager President Berdymukhamedov, forged ahead in October with its plans to put itself at the center of the energy security debate in Central Asia.  It first hosted a meeting with the OSCE in the capitol city Ashgabat as another step to put itself front and center on security discussions within a UN context.  Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov in September proposed not one but five meetings in 2014 to cover energy (and other issues like transport)  explaining, “[energy security] is one of the most important components of stable world economy, its protection against distortions and disruptions," and further proposed the establishment of a new UN "universal international law tool kit" to form the legal basis for the international supplies of energy resources with a corresponding UN structure to enforce implementation of these provisions.  Real...

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