This blog post was shared by the Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Testing Information Analysis Center. It is the 12th post in our 22-part series produced by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).
These days, most people like going to the gas station as much as going to the dentist. With the cost of gas slowly creeping upwards, consumers are starting to feel the pinch at the pump.
Now imagine filling up a military vehicle that weighs nearly 10 times your average family car with a much larger fuel tank. Many of these vehicles are currently in Afghanistan with our deployed forces, where fuel is even harder to come by.
The U.S. military uses fuel not only for its vehicles, but also for power generation at forward operating bases. Transporting fuel through the rugged, mountainous country adds enormous security, cost, and logistical considerations. However, just as your car and house require energy to sustain your way of life, our forces cannot carry out their vital mission without fuel for vehicles and power for facilities.
As such, they are necessities. Since our forces literally cannot live without these resources, they have made significant efforts to use them more efficiently, and are actively seeking alternatives that reduce dependence on petroleum.