Navy Promotes Energy Security at Upcoming Forum


Story Number: NNS101004-17Release Date: 10/4/2010 4:51:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Public Affairs

ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- The 2010 Navy Energy Forum will be held Oct. 12 through 13 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The theme for this forum is "Seapower Repowered: Energy as a Force Multiplier and Strategic Resource."

The forum will bring together military, government, and industry leaders to discuss the importance of energy to the warfighter and combat capability. Energy and environmental organizations are encouraged to participate.

Distinguished Navy speakers include the Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, and Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations. Guest speakers include Former Senator John Warner (R-Va), Dr. George Friedman, international affairs expert and chief executive officer of STRATFOR, and Dr. Daniel Yergin, chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates and Pulitzer Prize winner for his bestseller, "The Prize."

Building on a year of progress toward the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals announced in fall 2009, participants will focus on policies, partnerships, technologies, and culture change needed to move these goals forward. Issues such as reducing lifecycle energy costs, grid security, and alternative fuels will be addressed. The forum will also address the "Navy Energy Vision for the 21st Century," which identifies the Navy's way forward for increasing energy security.

"Energy is a national security issue, both for the Navy and the nation, and our use of this critical resource must be looked at in strategic terms. Reforming energy use within the Navy will, first and foremost, increase our combat capability, while it also advances our energy security and promotes environmental stewardship," stated Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, director of the Navy's Energy and Environmental Readiness Division and director of the Navy's Task Force Energy.

A newly recast OPNAV N45, the Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, which leads Navy's Task Force Energy, is hosting this event with help from National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Those interested in participating or exhibiting at this event should contact Ms. Kari King, CMP at kking@ndia.org or (703) 247-2588. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.ndia.org/meetings/1600/Pages/default.aspx.

Those requesting information regarding Navy's energy and environmental programs may contact Ms. Tracey Moriarty, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division, at tracey.moriarty@navy.mil.

For more news from Navy Environment and Energy, visit www.navy.mil/local/nee/.

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