Pentagon budgets $9B to improve energy use

Thursday - 8/16/2012, 8:53am EDT

The Defense Department plans to spend $9 billion between now and 2017 on improving the way it uses energy. It plans to spend $1.6 billion in 2013.

A Pentagon report certifies the spending will cover the department's operational energy strategy.

Secretary Leon Panetta said the investments will let the armed services operate longer and at a greater distance than they can now. He said by depending less on petroleum sources, forces will have greater security. Among the technologies DoD will fund is what it calls tactical solar. That will lessen the fuel demand for base and camp facilities.

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