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Captain Walker Mills’ timely opinion piece in The Hill, Navy’s Red Hill debacle is both a warning and an opportunity, is a reminder to CANA that what we do matters. We have been committed for several years to developing and promoting alternative energy capabilities aboard military installations and on future battlefields. The recent Red Hill fuel spill in Hawaii is unfortunate proof the time for change is now. Captain Mills’ comments about energy resilience remind us of the issue’s urgency, its global relevance, and its role as a lever of power:
The overdue closure of Red Hill is also an opportunity for the United States to reevaluate its energy infrastructure in the Pacific. The military should invest in the energy resilience and efficiency of its facilities across the region, perhaps as part of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, and look for alternative concepts for sustaining U.S. capability in the region.
Over the last two decades, the U.S. military has quietly upgraded the energy resilience and efficiency of its bases with micro grids, solar power and other forms of alternative energy. How much more can be done to help reduce the demand for petroleum?
Investments in alternative energy would be received well by U.S. partners in the region at a time when the U.S. is jockeying for influence in the Pacific….
At CANA, we’re deeply invested in the military - as veterans, as a small business, as Americans - and our work reflects that. Our partnership with the NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge supports energy innovation on military installations and the battlefield. We contribute to the research, development, and stakeholder engagement for electric and autonomous vehicles such as the eTHOR project - a mobile, modular, 5G ad hoc network capability on an electric platform that also supports exportable energy. We’re active participants in the SoCal Tech Bridge’s 5G Living Lab, Electric and Unmanned Living Lab, and Energy Resilience Living Lab aboard MCAS Miramar, that set the right conditions for experimentation, analysis, and investment into electric mobility innovation. CANA knows it takes more than talk to create meaningful change in how the nation and military sources and sustains its energy needs; we’re meeting the future now.
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