WG-21 Charter: Operational Energy


(Updated 21 October 2014)

Purpose:  The Purpose of the Operational Energy Working Group is to provide a forum for discussing a wide variety of energy analyses, including thesis development and definition, opportunity assessment, development of baseline metrics, quantifiable improvements in mission and energy performance and efficiency, innovation, cost management, operational and programmatic risks, and assessment of alternative fuels potential impact on capability.  This list is far from exhaustive; papers that seek to solve important problems in other areas of energy policy are valued as well.  This Working Group encompasses initiatives, programs, and analyses related to Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Homeland Security, and the interaction among military branches.  Discussions will be focused on in-progress as well as completed analyses and will provide a scientific forum where members can:

1.   Identify and discuss operations research methodologies and their applicability to operational, and hence, operational energy, challenges

2.   Secure constructive peer review and recommendations for work in progress or follow-on research

3.   Report findings and assessments of completed analyses, particularly those which have had significant impact as a result of Operations Research techniques

4.   Exchange new ideas, demonstrate emerging technologies, and/or participate in critical discussions


Discussion:  This Working Group will use and discuss the latest and most appropriate operations research techniques in order to provide the highest quality operations research analyses. Techniques include Applied Statistics, Optimization, Modeling and Simulation, Forecasting, Design of Experiments, and Decision Theory.

Major areas of interest include:

1.   Operational modeling and simulation methods and tools to understand the role of energy in operational and tactical combat.

2.   Operational research exploitation in wargaming – assessing combat forces, logistics forces, and reach-back capabilities’ energy 

3.   Improving the assessment of operational energy in requirements and acquisition tradespace analyses relative to other priorities.

4.   Improved methods of assessing structural operational energy consumption for various postures.

5.   Methods of assessing various OE risks and mitigations, including: the operational impact of reducing energy demands through force structure changes (major) versus technology insertion (minor); increasing redundancy in the logistics force; improving hardening of key fuel logistics infrastructures; planning with commercial sources under threat; improving defenses for energy; the role of camouflage, concealment and deception; and other strategies that diminish the need for energy-intense forces in successful campaigns.

6.   Quantifying and validating improvements in energy performance and mission effectiveness

7.   Impact of energy innovation initiatives, including alternative fuels, on military effectiveness and cost effectiveness

8.   Energy diversification initiatives, from economic, strategic, and environmental perspectives

9.   Utilizing Commercial Best Practices (CBP) from industry to find creative ways to improve government analyses.


Other Working Groups:  Candidates for joint discussions with WG 21 include:

·      Resources/Readiness/Training (CG D)

·      Infrastructure Analyses, Protection, and Recovery (WG 3)

·      Strategic Deployment and Distribution (WG 16)

·      Logistics, Reliability and Maintainability (WG 17)

·      Measures of Merit (WG 23)

·      Decision Analysis (WG 27)

·      Transportation (FS 1)