USA Today // May 07, 2013
USA Today features a story on advanced energy in the United States military, and how it's making the armed forces more secure, responsive, and powerful. Depending on foreign sources for energy is not ideal for the military, and energy becomes a major tactical limit. The military's plan to overcome these limits and weaknesses lie in advanced energy. USA Today reports:
"Because of our thirst for liquid fuel, we're not as light and agile as we once were, putting both our Marines and our expeditionary capabilities at risk," Gen. James Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, said bluntly when he launched a new energy strategy in 2011. In 2001, a Marine infantry battalion, which typically has about 800 men, had 64 Humvees. Ten years later, that same battalion has 173 armored vehicles, which are each between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds heavier than Humvees, according to a Marine Corps study.