Naval Power and Force Projection

Summer 2017

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USS George Washington (CVN 73) transits from a wet slip to drydock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in preparation for a Docking Planned Incremental Availability (DPIA). Increased energy security enables installations like Norfolk Naval Shipyard to ensure continuity of operations critical to national security in the event of a commercial grid disruption. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jennifer Apsey/ Released) In April 2013, terrorists attacked Pacific Gas & Electric's Metcalf Transmission Substation in Southern California. The assailants cut the station's communications lines and destroyed 17 large electrical transformers. In the aftermath of the attack, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff called the assault, "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred." Service disruption to tens of thousands of southern California customers was avoided thanks to grid managers, who rapidly rerouted power around the damaged systems. This incident highlighted the vulnerability of the commercial power grid and was a "wakeup call" to the power industry, the State and the Federal government. The incident contributed to the Department of the Navy's (DON) ongoing efforts to assess the vulnerability of mission critical assets and the reliability and resiliency of the energy infrastructure serving those assets. Enablers of Readiness Navy and Marine Corps installations enable naval readiness. Combat readiness of afloat and expeditionary forces emanates from DON installations, where Sailors and Marines live and train; where our platforms and aircraft are operated and maintained; and where active missions are executed. As the risk of natural or manmade disruption to the commercial grid grows, DON leadership is prioritizing installation energy security to ensure the continuity of critical operations. In 2016, Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, told the House of Representatives Defense Subcommittee, "America has been a maritime nation since we began. Our prosperity continues to depend on our maritime security." Over the past decade, the DON leadership has confirmed how important Naval energy is to our safeguarding that maritime security. The DON has developed, and is implementing, energy programs designed to enhance our installation energy security. The DON team is delivering energy solutions that: are good for the warfighter; improve readiness; and have a strong business case. The DON defines energy security as assured access to reliable energy supplies and the ability to protect and deliver sufficient energy to meet mission-essential requirements. Today, we look to build installation energy security through three pillars: reliability, resiliency, and efficiency. ENSURING NAVAL ENERGY SECURITY Steven Iselin By Steven Iselin, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS NAVAL INSTALLATION ENERGY NP&FP and DoD P&E | Summer 2017 | 21

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