Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Department of Defense makes up 80 percent of the federal government’s energy use, and 1 percent of the nation as a whole. The Department spent $15 billion on energy last year, 75 percent of which was for military operations. In addition, DOD’s gasoline costs are up 225 percent from a decade ago. (DOD press release, June 14, 2011)

Given this backdrop, the Department of Defense and its service branches are actively engaged in energy innovation and the deployment of various clean energy solutions to respond to existing and foreseeable risks of growing oil price volatility, and the impact of fuel dependence and logistics on operational effectiveness. In addition, the services are considering alternative sources of energy and fuel, energy efficiency programs and “smart” energy technologies such as microgrids, to  provide DOD installations with cost effective, stable, and indigenous forms of energy and power.

On February 29th plan to join a panel of outstanding speakers who will consider the role of clean energy and national defense.

Col. David Reynolds, Commander, Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida

AFCESA is an Air Force Field Operating Agency that supports 60,000 Air Force civil engineers at 84 major and 82 minor installations worldwide with technical engineering expertise, formal guidance, standards, training programs and equipment to support home station and deployed operations. The Agency serves as the Air Force center of expertise for many topics that include energy management, power generation, facility maintenance and infrastructure planning. It also manages contracts to sustain, restore and modernize air bases and to support global contingency operations.

Col. Reynolds received his commission in 1983 from the Air Force Reserved Officers Training Corps program at Georgia Tech. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. In addition, he has MA degrees in political science and national security and strategic studies from Midwestern State and the U.S. Naval War College, respectively.

Dr. Christine Hull, Chief, Operations and Maintenance Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Dr. Hull is responsible for maintenance and repair of over 35 million square feet of facilities, 1500 lane miles of roads and three operational airfields during the time of rapid growth of the base in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is responsible for one of the most aggressive energy programs in the Army in which Fort Bragg has competed for and obtained over $46M in FY11 funding for energy conservation projects that include thermal energy storage, ground source heat pumps, solar PV, and utility monitory and control systems on 300 buildings. Current projects include retro-commissioning on over 300 facilities.

Dr. Hull has a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. in Biology/Environmental Health from Western Carolina University. She and her team have been recognized by and received awards from the White House and the Department of Defense for their achievements.

Dr. Steven Meier, Vice President, New Business Initiatives, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Dr. Meier has more than 20 years of federal and private industry experience in the defense, intelligence, and civil aerospace communities. He is responsible for leading the development and implementation of corporate business plans for entry and growth in markets that include energy, nanotechnology, cyber security, healthcare, and climate change.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Meier was a Division Director for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA, His Division focused on rapidly demonstrating and transitioning innovative technologies into future space missions. Dr. Meier’s professional experience includes the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency, SAIC, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Raytheon Corporation, and the Aerospace Corporation.

Dr. Meier holds a BS in Physics from George Mason University, a MS in Physics from the University of Southern California and a MS in Electrical Engineering (Applied Physics) from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Meier has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.


Air Force Facility Energy Program- David Reynolds

Fort Bragg Energy Program- Dr. Christine Gettys Hull

Lockheed Martin Corporation: Corporate Engineering and Technology- Steven Meier


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