To institutionalize change, the Marine Corps is integrating operational energy metrics and concepts into warfighting analysis, training and education, and policy. These efforts will ensure that energy risk will be assessed and addressed at all levels.
Energy supply and demand modeling is being incorporated into Synthetic Theater Operations Research Model (STORM). This advancement of the DoD’s premier campaign analysis model will allow energy risk analyses to be conducted with a level of fidelity not currently available. This capability will provide quantifiable assessment of warfighting risk that will inform future investment and capability development decisions.
“Train and educate Marines to incorporate energy-based risk in the planning and execution of all types of operations and missions.” –MOC
As stated in the MOC, we must “train and educate Marines to incorporate energy-based risk in the planning and execution of all types of operations and missions.”
The Marine Corps has initiated a focus on training by incorporating operational energy considerations in the motor transport training curriculum. This will increase operational reach by influencing driver behavior and improving fuel efficiency across the largest consumer of fuel by the ground forces.
To further institutionalize the inclusion of operational energy considerations at all levels, the Marine Corps is developing an energy policy. The Marine Corps Order: Marine Corps Energy Policy will provide a formal directive to all Marine Corps commands to effectively use energy in order to increase the operational reach and effectiveness of the MAGTF.
U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, connect fuel lines to an M970 semi-trailer refueler on San Clemente Island, California, Oct. 24, 2017, as part of Exercise Dawn Blitz. MWSS-372 established a forward arming and refueling point and serviced both U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation platforms while conducting expeditionary advanced base operations. Dawn Blitz 17 provides an opportunity to train Navy and Marine Corps counterparts in establishing scalable and agile expeditionary advanced bases capable of expanding littoral maneuver capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Roderick Jacquote)