RAND study offers US military useful guidance on energy

Because its biggest energy problem is price rather than supply, the US military should concentrate on lowering consumption rather than developing renewable sources. “Too often, military planners are afflicted with petroleum anxiety,” writes James Bartis, a RAND Corp. senior policy researcher in a new study for the Air Force. “They think prices are heading in only one direction: up. But history teaches otherwise.” History since Bartis wrote those words—with the West Texas Intermediate crude price having fallen by more than 20% since early May—surely proves the point. To a Department of Defense with a strategy, called operational energy, that emphasizes development of renewable energy along...

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