Fossil fuels are the heels of the Achilles war. Ask Russia.

Military logistics around the world are sighing as a group while the world witnesses Russia’s meaningless and shocking invasion of Ukraine. We told you so. “

Two weeks ago, the Russian bear withdrew from the main purpose it once estimated that Western intelligence would fall within a few days.How the Russian army Near Pier Power House To Sideshow spectacle In just a little time?

The answer is fuel. Russian planners have fallen victim to the failure of the classic war of ignoring their logistics. Their overconfidence and lack of preparation to supply it were their Achilles heels, hampering the hope of a swift Russian victory. Within days of the February invasion, Russian troops were stranded and noticed a lack of fuel (not to mention food and water). Their army sat in a huge, stagnant convoy, Seemingly repelling is powerless Drone attack, guerrilla attack, demoralization. Hungry for their fossil fuels, Russian war machines have come to a dead end.

Military logistics has long lamented the stupidity of reliance on fossil fuels. When James Mattis was the Major General in command of Iraq’s I Marine Expeditionary Force, he asked naval researchers to unleash the army.From fuel tether.. Acquisition, transportation, protection Tens of millions of barrels of fuel Every year, we put a heavy burden on our military resources. From 2003 to 2007 alone Almost 10% Many American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan came from refueling and water supply missions. Dr. Neta Crawford, co-director of the Brown University War Costs Project, estimates that a quarter of the oil consumed by the US military is used. Just to protect access to oil..

Fossil fuels are more than just vulnerable on the battlefield. They are also strategic straitjackets. Fuel prices managed by OPEC Change major economies head-on..The decision of the CEO of fossil fuels Promote a major foreign policy shift.. In 1941, Japan declared war as the United States threatened fuel supply.

The United States and our NATO allies are subject to this dependence. Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels Russian oil and gas It was exempt from sanctions, leaving a gaping hole in our attempt to financially isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin.U.S. Department of Defense World’s Largest Institutional Fossil Fuel Consumer, And we estimate that up to a quarter of the energy used by American equipment in Europe comes from Russian sources. American taxpayers inadvertently line Putin’s pockets as the Ukrainian invasion pushes up global fuel prices.

The world’s addiction to fossil fuels, and Russia’s ability to benefit from that addiction, poses unacceptable risks to the security of the United States and the world. We must treat excessive reliance on fossil fuels as a national security threat. Independent, clean and sustainable energy is a major victory for America’s national interests to be defended by all sides, left or right.

First, the energy of the base needs to be independent. DoD Already proved The value of a sustainable microgrid. It’s time to establish them at all locations so that they can work even if the private grid goes down. Bases and non-tactical vehicles need to be fully electrified so that they can be powered from anywhere. And every base needs to be able to generate its own power with clean energy. Technology is ready: Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility Already powered by battery and solar, and Fort Hood’s renewable energy With the light on During last year’s Texas ice storm.

Second, we need to take every opportunity to separate our business from fossil fuels. Some of this can easily be achieved with efficiency and better planning. The Defense Innovation Unit’s jigsaw software can reduce the need for aerial refueling. Ten% Just intelligently arrange your flight.Army I have already set a goal Of electrified tactical vehicles By 2050.. In harsh areas such as jet fuel, the Department of Defense is deploying proven alternative fuels such as synthetic aviation fuels that have already been verified by the military as “drop-in capable” while completing technologies such as carbon recovery and conversion. You can fill the gap. Literally make fuel from thin air..

Third, the military is never completely independent of the economy that empowers them. True energy security requires the United States and our allies to decarbonize with the military. The Pentagon can harness its extraordinary procurement power to power manufacturers and help them with domestic and international electrification.

We are late every day and spend a lot of money on the equipment and infrastructure that locks us into fossil fuel reliance and strategic vulnerabilities. How long do you wait from the fossil fuel binding to unleashing yourself and the world?

US Air Force Commander Theodore “Doc” Shanks is a C-17A Command Pilot, Defense Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at the Watson Institute for International Public Affairs at Brown University, studying climate safety and its implications. The impact of Air Force operations on global climate change. Alexander Gard-Murray is a political economist at the University’s Climate Solutions Lab, studying climate change, distributed politics, and policy options for accelerating decarbonization. The views expressed in this commentary represent the author’s personal views, not necessarily those of the US Department of Defense or the Air Force.

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