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Defense Management: DoD Needs to Increase Attention on Fuel Demand Management at Forward-Deployed Locations
William M. Solis (au)
The DoD relies heavily on petroleum-based fuel to sustain its forward-deployed locations -- particularly those that are not connected to local power grids. While weapon platforms require large amounts of fuel, the single largest battlefield fuel consumer is generators, which provide power for activities such as cooling, heating, and lighting. Transporting fuel to forward-deployed locations presents a logistics burden and risk, including exposing fuel truck convoys to attack. This report addresses DoD's: (1) efforts to reduce fuel demand at forward-deployed locations; and (2) approach to managing fuel demand at these locations. Solis visited DoD locations in Kuwait and Djibouti to learn about fuel reduction efforts and challenges facing these locations. Illus.
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