Secretary of the Navy Outlines New Program to Support Energy Initiatives

Story Number: NNS110830-02Release Date: 8/30/2011 5:27:00 AM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Samuel Shavers, Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus outlined a new dedicated energy Masters degree program during a recent speech to students at the Naval Postgraduate School on Aug. 29.

The announcement targets both current and future leadership of the Navy and Marine Corps, and is another example of Mabus' ongoing commitment to improved energy security for the department.

"Energy is not just an issue for the future, or just the young officers and policy experts that make up NPS's student population. It is an issue for all levels of the Navy and Marine Corps, uniform and civilian," said Mabus in his remarks to students and faculty members.

Starting this fall, NPS will offer a dedicated energy graduate degree program, becoming the first military education institution to do so. Beginning early next year, NPS will launch the SECNAV Executive Energy Series, two-week programs attended by senior civilians and designed to tackle specific energy challenges.

Mabus believes establishing educational programs in line with the energy security mission will further embed and institutionalize energy into the fabric of the Navy and Marine Corps.

"Through the the masters program and the executive energy series, NPS will ensure that energy is fully integrated," said Mabus. "As a result, NPS students will guide the Navy and the nation toward a better, more secure energy future."

Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve the Navy's energy security and efficiency, increase the Navy's energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, 50 percent of the total Department of the Navy energy consumption will come from alternative sources.

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9/1/2011 11:47:00 AM
"Beginning early next year, NPS will launch the SECNAV Executive Energy Series, two-week programs attended by senior civilians and designed to tackle specific energy challenges." Seems odd the this is limited to senior civilians - no senior military - when issues addressed will relate to military operations and readiness.

8/31/2011 11:00:00 AM
The problem with the oil paradigm as the sole supply of fuels is that it increases the need to guarantee global free market access to oil. The Navy Sec. has it right. The military academies should start to develop energy sources that reduce global tensions rather than exacerbate them. Creating energy educational programs and degrees provides a strong inducement for high school seniors to consider officer training and reduces the likelihood of their ever going to war.

8/30/2011 10:29:00 AM
Energy self-reliance is a domestic economic and front line force multiplier. Wars are about power and power since WWI has skewed toward the oil exporting nations. This masters program will attract officer candidates to Annapolis while reducing the likelihood they will deployed to fight resource wars over oil. I can think of no more worthy cause for my son or daughter than to join the fight for energy independence.

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110829-N-AE587-168 MONTEREY, Calif. (Aug. 29, 2011) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus delivers remarks at the Naval Postgraduate School during a guest lecture. Mabus announced the Navy's energy initiatives, new energy curriculum being developed through the school and announced the school's newly established energy master's degree program. (U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya/Released)
August 30, 2011
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