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Introducing Real Solar/Wind/Bio-Fuel Solutions
to Forward Operating Bases (
FOBs) and Base Camps


One of the current and largest challenges to introduce new Solar/Wind solutions to the FOBs or Base Camps in Afghanistan and other deployed areas is the way in which Department of Defense (DoD) contracts for base support.  The FOB base support contracts generally use LOGCAP IV and/or ACOE in a standard boiler plate format which relies on troop headcount and mission to determine the base structure support needed to provide living, working, and environmental base construction.  This includes the power requirements needed to supply electricity to the FOB for all the aforementioned structures.  If the LOGCAP contracts were to specify a certain percentage of power to be derived from Solar/Wind . The burden of finding the best current Solar/Wind /Bio-Fuel  solutions would be with the Base Support Contractors who would be able to introduce the best value solution quicker.

Today once the FOB or Base Camp has been constructed, the burden of converting power supply to Solar/Wind solutions is placed on the base Commander who has no real expertise in this area or time to consider the current options available to them to reduce the need for JP8 to run the Generators.  It is a well known fact that fuel deliveries to FOBs are not only costly, but impact soldier security.

There are numerous pilot programs under way in CONUS and at FOBs that are experimenting with Solar solutions and they have proven to work. Introducing these as a doctrine for future deployment will require years in our current system of deployment of unit equipment authorizations. Solar/Wind/Bio-Fuel solutions can and will eventually be a part of the deployment package, but it will take the usual PEO timeline.

Solar/Wind/Bio-Fuel solutions should be incorporated into the current LOGCAP IV and other base support contracts now with a specified percentage of use. Even if 10% of the Energy for a FOB or Base Camp were to be derived from alternative sources of power we could reduce fuel consumption in Afghanistan by 25,000 gallons per day or five trucks. This would be an annual reduction of over 9 million gallons per year or 18,250 truck deliveries

This idea has been presented to the DOD Leadership and Army Sustainment Command Leadership and both agree that the contractors could introduce FOB and Base Camp alternative energy solutions faster than the current DOD acquisition system and provide real time solutions now.


Kim J Huntley

DoD SES retired

Former Director Defense Energy Support Center

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