The UK Armed Forces depend on a secure source of fossil fuels; for tankers that supply power to bases in Afghanistan; flying troops and supplies between the UK and Afghanistan; and for the Royal Navy patrolling the ocean’s trouble spots.
UK MOD Science and Technology Capability Visions are part of the Defence Technology Plan. These capability visions are aimed to seek, discover and support new innovation to meet long-term defence challenges. Launched in February 2009 with the aim of encouraging innovators and industry to work with MOD to develop revolutionary ideas, they address five long-term defence challenges.
The challenges listed are:
Future Protected Vehicle
- Novel Air Concept
- Reducing Operational Dependency on Fossil Fuels
- Reducing the Burden on the Dismounted Soldier
The item “reducing operational dependency on fossil fuels” is exactly what the US department of Defense is also aiming.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the MOD is its near real time energy monitoring page for the MOD headquarter building (MOD Main Building in Whitehall). Will the Pentagon follow?