The U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps are interesting in developing and evaluating ways to incorporate awareness of operational energy (OE)—the energy resources required for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons platforms—into maintenance and sustainment training. The Marine Corps’ dispersed, mobile Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) concept improves the resilience of its force structure but increases the fuel and energy requirements of operations on the battlefield. To reduce energy demand, it aims to familiarize personnel with energy-conserving technologies and operating procedures through the addition OE concepts to current training curricula.
Effective training programs require buy-in from all affected stakeholders. While energy-efficient technologies are readily available, the crucial step in their implementation is successfully integrating them into existing systems and processes. It’s therefore necessary not only to update and expand training curricula for personnel in energy-related roles but to do so in a way that engages them and that eases the transition process to ensure that those technologies have the fullest impact.
Those interested in participating should contact Marc Sharp by April 14, 2018. We encourage participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).