In the past year, Air Force Operational Energy saw success in a number of areas. Check out a few ways they’ve helped the Air Force get smarter about operational energy in 2018.
Principal Director of United States Air Force Operational Energy Policy, Michael Penland, describes how using data and technology to optimize aircraft operations leads to increased capability and readiness while speaking at the 2018 Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Application(IESMA) conference, hosted by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence on 14 November 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy, Roberto Guerrero, explains how operational energy data is the new weapon for the Air Force.
PENTAGON, Va. - Thanks to an optimization initiative led by Air Force Operational Energy (SAF/IEN), F-35 and F-22 fighter sorties are now requested to fly closer to the fighters' maximum range airspeed, while still within tanker boom limits, during Coronet missions. The faster speed decreases overall fuel consumption, while saving precious flight hours.
Principal Director of Operational Energy Policy and Chief of Staff, Mr. Michael Penland, delivered the keynote speech at the Turbine Engine Technologies Symposium on September 11th, discussing the importance of operational energy efficiency in the Air Force and highlighting how innovative engine technologies can optimize aircraft operations.
Air Force Operational Energy participated in the Air Force Global Engagement 2018 war games at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in July 2018 to insert more realistic energy logistics scenarios and solutions into wargaming.

How the Air Force got smarter about its aviation fuel use in 2018

PENTAGON, Va. - Did you know the Air Force is the largest consumer of fuel in the Department of Defense? This may not surprise you, if say, you’ve ever watched a sortie of F-35s complete an aerial refueling, or witnessed a C-5 lift (seemingly) effortlessly into the sky. In fact, the Air Force consumes approximately 2 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually – which is about 81 percent of the total Air Force energy budget (with about 17 percent used for facilities and 2 percent for ground vehicles).

Operational energy, or aviation fuel, is critical to mission success – but getting fuel to the warfighter involves complex logistical and technical challenges, intricate planning, and more importantly, poses safety risks to the troops transporting it. As the battlefield becomes increasingly multifaceted, energy resilience is a top concern for the Air Force, and optimized operations are an essential component to maintaining it.

In the past year, Air Force Operational Energy saw success in a number of areas. Check out a few ways they’ve helped the Air Force get smarter about operational energy in 2018.

DoD joins NATO partners to discuss future of military energy resilience

VILNIUS - As part of Innovative Energy Solutions for Military Application (IESMA) 2018, a collaborative symposium led by the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, international experts from the energy and defense communities came together to discuss leading developments in energy resilience and security. Over 500 participants, including many distinguished military and governmental leaders representing NATO member and partner nations, attended the biennial event held in Vilnius, Lithuania from November 14 to 16.

The event provided a forum for participating nations to discuss the future of innovative energy capabilities, and exchange best practices on how to increase combat capability through efficient operations and cutting-edge technology. Senior defense and industry representatives spoke on a number of topics, including secure energy logistics, infrastructure and storage, energy management, next generation power systems, optimized mission planning, and alternative fuels, among others.

“Optimizing aviation fuel use leads to a number of second and third order effects like increased range, fewer maintenance issues, and reduced costs – funds that could be used for things like more training or new technology,” explained Principal Director of Air Force Operational Policy, Michael Penland. Read the full article here

Commentary: Operational energy data is the new weapon of the U.S. Air Force

PENTAGON, Va. - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Air Force Operational Energy, Roberto Guerrero, explains how operational energy data is the new weapon for the Air Force. 

"We can no longer assume that “taking off full and landing empty” equates to maximum efficiency. The Air Force burns approximately $5 billion in aviation fuel annually, so even relatively small increases in efficiency (2-4 percent) for our large aircraft fleet could mean hundreds of millions of dollars available for other mission necessities, like additional training hours or upgraded equipment on training ranges."

Read his full commentary here

Demonstration results in policy update and optimized operations

PENTAGON, Va. - Thanks to an optimization initiative led by Air Force Operational Energy (SAF/IEN), F-35 and F-22 fighter sorties are now requested to fly closer to the fighters' maximum range airspeed, while still within tanker boom limits, during Coronet missions. The faster speed decreases overall fuel consumption, while saving precious flight hours. 

In August 2017, Air Force Operational Energy conducted a proof-of-concept demonstration to show that increased speeds during this type of aircraft redeployment decrease fuel consumption. One cell of F-22s and an accompanying tanker for refueling, flew at a higher airspeed, while the other cell flew the standard profile and acted as a control group. Throughout the five hour flight, researchers collected multiple data points in order to compare results from both cells. The faster cell was able to cut about ten percent off the total flight time and six percent of the fuel required for this type of aircraft re-deployment. The faster speed parameters are within the Aerial Refueling Flight Envelope for the F-35 and F-22, as well as the KC-135 and the KC-10.  (See ATP 3.3.4.2 (c), Standards Related Document, 15 May 2018, pp. 8-63, 8-65)

Read the full article here.

Speaking with the turbine engine community

DAYTON, Ohio - Principal Director of Operational Energy Policy and Chief of Staff, Mr. Michael Penland, delivered the keynote speech at the Turbine Engine Technologies Symposium on September 11th, discussing the importance of operational energy efficiency in the Air Force and highlighting how innovative engine technologies can optimize aircraft operations. 

Incorporating operational energy into wargaming

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Air Force Operational Energy participated in the Air Force's Title 10 Wargame, Global Engagement 2018 Capstone Event in July, alongside a host of defense and industry partners, such as the Naval Postgraduate School, Air Force Petroleum Office (AFPET), Defense Logistics Agency – Energy, in order to incorporate more energy logistics scenarios into wargaming.  

Read the full article here.

Air Force Energy leads big data and AI discussion

BORDEAUX, France - Deputy Asst. Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Roberto Guerrero, led the senior leader panel at the NATO Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Specialists Meeting on June 01, 2018. Mr. Guerrero spoke of the importance of data collection and analysis for decision-making, while emphasizing the challenge his office faces in obtaining sufficient and accurate aviation fuel use and other operational data.

Read the full article here

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