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Current Inititiaves

Department of the Air Force (DAF) energy and water projects are transforming the ways in which we use energy and water at installations. To ensure a reliable, ready, and resilient supply continues, the DAF Installation Energy Program is integrating energy and water considerations across the enterprise by focusing on the following initiatives:

Micro-Reactor Pilot Program
The Department of the Air Force Micro-Reactor Pilot was initiated in response to the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act requirement to identify potential locations to site, construct, and operate a micro-reactor by the end of 2027. The pilot micro-reactor will be located at Eielson Air Force Base, commercially owned and operated, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed, and will demonstrate clean, reliable, and resilient energy supply technology for critical national security infrastructure.

As the first pilot program of its kind, the Micro-Reactor program must undergo significant scrutiny and coordination from the agencies involved in its success. In September, 2022 the power purchase agreement request for proposal (RFP) was released and is now available for solicitation.

Learn more about the Micro-Reactor Pilot program by checking out our fact sheet and frequently asked questions. Additional questions regarding the pilot can be directed to

Energy-As-A-Service The DAF needs energy to fly, fight, and win. DAF installations serve as weapon systems platforms and require assured energy supplies, particularly electricity, to conduct the mission. Under Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS), the DAF will partner with industry to deliver reliable and resilient energy to installation mission owners more cost effectively than is done through current DAF energy management and procurement approaches. Read more about this effort with the Energy-as-a-Service fact sheet.  

 EaaS utilizes one industry partner to manage, operate and invest in the energy portfolio at an installation.

Installation Energy Plans
With the increased prevalence of large-scale natural disasters and the recognized threat of physical and cyber-attacks on our utilities, coordinating installation planning for energy and water resilience has never been more important. To address these threats, the DAF is developing IEPs to employ strategies to improve installation energy and water resilience. By planning for the future, we are better equipped to identify and execute energy and water projects to achieve mission assurance.

Learn additional information about Air Force Installation Energy Plans

Mission Assurance
The operating environment is becoming ever more networked and dependent on enabling systems like energy and water. Whether physical or cyber, disruptions to these enabling systems pose a risk to mission operations because of the potential for unknown or under-analyzed impacts of such an event in a global system-of-systems environment. Even at a single installation, balancing and responding to competing priorities during an energy, water or cyber denial of service is extremely difficult if not considered in advance. To help address these risks and support mission assurance, the SAF/IEE Installation Energy Program is working to identify, assess, test, and mitigate enabling system vulnerabilities under an overarching Mission Thread approach with includes the following initiatives:

  • Crown Jewels Analysis (CJA) - Identifies on and off base systems and assets whose failure can cause mission impact if a service such as energy or water is denied.
  • Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise (ERRE) - An Office of the Secretary of Defense-mandate to determine how mission-critical energy needs are met during a base-wide loss of commercial electricity.

Water Resources Management
From training to operations and facilities, water is a critical input to accomplish DAF missions. As part of the Installation Energy portfolio, the water resources management program is shifting from managing water primarily based on conservation targets and quality monitoring toward a risk-based approach that more directly supports mission assurance. This will provide insights into vulnerabilities and potential impacts to mission at installations and enterprise wide, empowering decision makers to invest in resilience and manage water more effectively.

The water resources management program developed a Installation Water Dashboard to serve as a single interactive data repository. The Installation Water Dashboard is hosted on CE DASH and compiles all relevant water data in a single place to support installation resilience planning.

Learn additional information about Department of the Air Force Water Resources Management