Proceedings of the
Second International Energy 2030 Conference,
November 4-5, 2008, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
The United States Air Force Energy Strategy
for the 21st Century
Mr. Michael A. Aimone
Department of the Air Force, Washington DC, USA
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the largest single consumer of energy in the U.S. Department of
Defense, using over 2.6 B US gallons (288,117,000 MMBTU) of aviation fuel in Fiscal Year 2005
(FY05), and 73,240,000 MMBTU of energy to electrify, heat and cool 163 installations, worldwide. In
terms of cost, this rate of energy consumption cost the USAF over US$4.7 B in FY05.
While the USAF has had a significant facility energy program, investing in $500 M over the past 10
years in energy savings and performance opportunities, and achieving in FY05 the Presidential Executive
Order mandate to save 30% in facility energy per square foot compared to an 1985 baseline, the USAF has
not addressed energy savings opportunities in its significantly larger energy use sector—aviation.
This paper addresses the new USAF Energy Strategy for the 21st Century, which is focused on a
balance of demand side conservation initiatives across installations, fleet (vehicle) and aviation operations,
combined with achieving supply side assurance of domestic sources of supply of aviation fuels for military