Rapid Fire 2012-02-10: Energize This
- The Brookings think tank, on the proliferation of IED attacks in 2011: “[D]anger will not disappear even after the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan ends. […] It is unsustainable to keep throwing billions of dollars to fight a technology that costs the other side tens of dollars. […] We need […] solutions […] that are cheap and scalable.”
- The inherent cost asymmetry imposed by mines is also on the Naval War College Review’s mind in their overview of mine warfare in China’s near seas [PDF]. Duly filed under the fashionable “anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) in Asia” category.
- US Congressman Mike Coffman [R-CO] is urging [PDF] Secretary Panetta to be bolder in applying his own Strategic Guidance and get US troops out of Europe. Coffman sits on the Armed Services Committee and is a former member of the Army Reserve then served in active duty in the Marine Corps.
“The Air Force is the single largest energy user in the DoD. Jet fuel is the predominant form (84%) of energy consumed at over 2 billion gallons every year and creates one of the Air Force’s largest operational expenses (approximately $8B/year). […] The operational improvements of new platforms such as the C-17 and F-35 come with 50% to 125% burn rate increases over legacy platforms such as the C-141 and F-16. Accordingly, the [10% jet fuel burn reduction] 2015 goal cannot be achieved even with all current planned investments until 2029. As of this writing, the goal is under re-examination in an effort to link these enhanced capabilities with the desired fuel burn reduction.”
See the chart of the USAF’s projected fuel burn below: