From Blue Skies to Black Starts

Energy security and the Department of Defense


From Blue Skies to Black Starts
Energy Security and the Department of Defense© The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Remarks from Deborah Lee James, secretary of the U.S. Air Force, about the military service’s new energy security strategy.

Followed by an interactive discussion with Department of Defense energy officials focusing on how the private sector can partner with the government to provide energy security solutions to military facilities.


Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for installations, environment, and energy

John Kliem, deputy director, U.S. Navy Renewable Energy Program Office

Michael McGhee, executive director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives

Larry Richardson, CEO, ReEnergy Holdings LLC


Sharon Burke, adviser, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project on national security, energy, and climate, and senior adviser, New America

To submit suggested discussion questions for the panel in advance, please email Lynn Abramson at The Pew Charitable Trusts. During the event, you can tweet questions using the hashtag #EnergyDoD or email them to Lynn.

Event description:

Deborah James will begin this two-part event at New America by presenting how the U.S. Air Force sees energy security as vital to mission success. This success could include ensuring that aircraft have the fuel needed to fly their missions or that the service can restore a shut-down power grid to operational status quickly—what is known as a black start.

A discussion among top DOD energy officials will follow, with members of the Clean Energy Business Network invited to submit questions via Twitter (#EnergyDoD) or email. The conversation will focus on how clean energy companies can work with the DOD to provide cleaner, more efficient, more secure energy solutions to military facilities across the nation.

Date: Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: New America 
740 15th St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C.
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