The DoD and the DOE: Working Together
The military with its disciplined, structured prototyping and acquisition processes provides an excellent forum in which to demonstrate concepts to the more diverse civilian community. In addition, interlinking of military installations within a region will be an option for improved national energy interdependence and security. The tools allow us to understand the interdependencies within an installation and to identify gaps in energy reliability, availability, and security. The utility and benefit of energy management against a physical and cyber threat will be explored. Use of alternative energy sources or supply will be considered with the goal of making the installation independent from external supply.
This development effort will use current installation assessment experiences (18 military installations) and integrate with national critical infrastructure simulations to go from national to regional to local energy infrastructure interdependencies and then to greater understanding of how they affect critical missions at military bases. The nation has complex interdependencies and a heavy reliance on private industry. The tool will also assist in the development of conceptual designs that will provide decision makers a risk vs cost basis for selecting the optimal solution for a given design basis threat.
Sandia National Laboratories is one of the major United States Department of Energy (DOE) research and development (R&D) laboratories. As such, the lab supports R&D efforts for the DOE and other federal agencies. The largest of those is the Department of Defense (DoD). Recently, the DOE and the DoD entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on developing energy technologies to meet future needs of the DoD and the country. Quoting from the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Energy (DOE):
“The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to identify a framework for cooperation and partnership between the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department the Defense (DoD)…to strengthen coordination of efforts to enhance national energy security, and demonstrate federal Government leadership in transitioning America to a low carbon economy.”