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Team Ships Energy Security Principles and Practices

1. Energy has a direct impact on warfighting effectiveness, and energy security has become a strategic as well as an operational imperative for the U.S. Navy. Operating in today's fiscally constrained environment magnifies the impact of our dependence on foreign and non-renewable sources of energy.

2. For every $10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil, U.S. Navy annual fuel costs rise by nearly $300 million. While the global financial crisis has driven oil prices down from the record levels reached during the summer of 2008, we cannot lose momentum in our efforts to field an energy-secure Fleet of the future.

3. In October 2009, the Secretary of the Navy outlined a set of specific objectives supporting U.S . Navy energy reform, including several aimed at significantly increasing energy efficiency while accelerating the adoption of renewable energy sources . An integrated approach across Team Ships will be required to address increasing shipboard power demands and high operational tempo while improving energy efficiency and expanding the adoption of renewable energy sources. We recognize that technology development and system integration challenges increase with the need to reduce fuel consumption, balance mission requirements, and increase available electrical power. However, the adoption of energy efficiency enabling technologies will be required to transform our energy posture while continuing to pace the threat.

4. Consistent with our previous Sailing Directions, to reduce the total ownership cost of the Fleet we will need a constructive culture of innovation to reduce energy usage including, but not limited to, investments in technologies capable of reducing fuel consumption, improving power conversion efficiency, and increasing installed power generation while maintaining or increasing combat capability. Insertion opportunities for energy efficient enabling technologies exist for all of our in-service and new construction ship classes. As such, we will implement modeling, methodical development of appropriate technologies, and strong Total Ownership Cost (TOC) based approaches to ensure we affordably acquire and operate a formidable Fleet that meets the needs of the future.

Team Ships Energy Security Principles and Practices

We hold the following Energy Security Principles as necessary for success:

• Assure Mobility: Energy security is critical to mission success. Safeguard our energy infrastructure and shield ourselves from a volatile energy supply.

• Expand Tactical Reach: Energy efficiency increases mission effectiveness and enhances combat capability. Extend tactical range and minimize operational risks.

• Green our Footprint: Environmental stewardship protects mission capabilities. Investment in environmentally friendly technologies reduces greenhouse gas emissions, lessens dependence on fossil fuels, and reduces risk from supply vulnerabilities. We are committed to leveraging the on-going efforts within the Navy's Task Force Energy and Maritime Working Group. Effective controls and processes will be developed and employed by all programs under the cognizance of Team Ships to include energy considerations during all phases of the acquisition lifecycle.

These controls and processes will increase the alignment of energy initiatives throughout the portfolio of surface ships within Team Ships. Energy Security Practices include:

• Aligning with the ongoing development of the Navy's emerging Energy Strategy

• Continuously building partnerships to identify alternative solutions both internally within the Navy and with other government organizations and externally with Navy Industry and Academic business partners

• Instituting consistent methods, processes, and procedures for assessing the value of energy efficient technology solutions

• Leading the design of a common portfolio of tools that assesses, evaluates, tracks, and reports end-to-end technology and surface ship class summaries to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our energy security posture.

• Investigating the institution of energy metrics as a key process parameter during gate reviews requiring designs to meet standards for energy efficiency and energy consumption.

Download original Team Ships Sailing Direction #3 - Team Ships Energy Security Principles and Practices Memorandum Ser Team Ships/185 19Aug10


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