Interesting article from Gen Clark:
Consider this: Every time the price of a barrel of imported oil rises one dollar, it costs the Navy $31 million in increased fuel costs. The result is that the military must run fewer operations and complete fewer training exercises.
Our nation imagines itself the most free and secure in the world, yet this statistic clearly identifies America’s reliance on foreign oil as a significant threat to our economy and national security.
We can no longer afford to allow a handful of countries—many controlled by dictators and strongmen—to exert this kind of influence over our military or our economy.
As Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recently stated at a biofuels conference in Mississippi, “We would never allow some of these countries we buy fuel from to build our ships, to build our aircraft, to build our ground vehicles, but we give them a say in whether our ships sail, our aircraft fly, our ground vehicles operate.”
That is why the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy are partnering with the private sector to invest up to $510 million during the next three years to produce home-grown, advanced biofuels to power military and commercial transportation.
I would hope EEStor and the EESU would have a role to play as well - if their partnership with Lockheed Martin can prove out.