Past event: Operational Energy Summit 2024

For the 16th year, the Operational Energy Summit will once again serve as a hub for fostering thought leadership, meaningful discussions, and valuable collaboration on the subject of energy.

This year's summit will delve into various aspects of operational energy, encompassing solutions for energy storage and discussions on enhancing energy resilience for military operations and installations. Speakers will explore strategies to improve operational energy efficiency, mitigate risks, and underscore the pivotal role of energy in overall defense strategies.

The event will particularly emphasize energy storage, focusing on fleets, tactical vehicles, and operational gear. We'll delve into the delicate balance between advancing defense technology and the escalating energy demands, closely examining the challenges involved in maintaining efficient energy use during operations.

Join us for a thorough exploration of the complexities surrounding operational and installation energy.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Determine new priorities for the future development and delivery of force designs and acquisition of energy resources and power related technologies
  • Get up to date on the Climate Adaption Plan and understand how U.S. forces are responding to it in practical terms by applying a climate-lens to decision making
  • Hear about the latest OE military requirements and initiatives from the DoD, MoD and NATO to enhance and streamline energy resiliency efforts
  • Review the progress made from the Operational Energy Strategy and better understand the operational environment and uncover opportunities to enhance mission success
  • Learn about the impact and implementation of Multi Domain Operations 2028 and how this is shaping the future operating environment

Very informative with good presentations and clear definition of today’s situation and future vision. Good questions/discussions.


2024 Chairman

  • Honorable (Ret.) Sharon Burke, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, US DoD

2024 Speakers

  • Mr. Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment, US Army
  • Andrew Mayock, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Richard Kidd, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience, US DoD
  • Mr. Roberto I. Guerrero, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment, US Air Force
  • James Caley, Director of Operational Energy, Department of the Navy
  • John Garstka, Director for Cyber Warfare, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
  • Dr. Halle Cheeseman, Program Director, ARPA-E, Department of Energy
  • Dr. Jeff Waksman, Program Manager at the Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Mr. Jim Allen, Technical Director for Operational Science and Engineering (OSE) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL), US Army
  • Colonel Chris Vitale, Director, Army Operational Energy and Climate Change Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, US Army
  • Colonel Matthew McKinney, Commander of Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, US Marine Corps
  • Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin J. Thomas, Commander, 105th Civil Engineer Squadron Stewart Air National Guard Base, NY, US Air Force
  • Dr. Andrew Higier, Director of the Energy Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
  • Dr. Kimberly Spangler, Director, SERDP & ESTCP, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Energy and Environment Resilience
  • Dr. Dominck Wright, Lead Data Analyst & Wargaming, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment & Energy)
  • Dr. Annie Kammerer, Chief of the Nuclear Power Branch Office of the Chief of Engineers (OCE), Department of the Army Headquarters (HQDA)
  • Dr. Robert Mantz, Principal Director for Renewable Energy Generation and Storage (REG&S), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E))
  • Kirk A. Phillips, Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (OEA), US Air Force
  • Dr. Nat Horner, Director, Grid Cybersecurity and Communications, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Mr. Wsewolod Rusow, Head of Research and Lessons Learned Division, NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence in Vilnius, Lithuania, NATO
  • Elias D. Wilcoski, Research Physicist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), US Navy
  • John Quirk, Majority PSM, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
  • Honorable (Ret.) Miranda Ballentine, Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, & Energy), US DoD
  • Joseph K. Miller, President, BWXT Advanced Technologies LLC
  • Tim Tetreault, Installation Energy & Water Program Manager, ESTCP
  • Neetu Farabaugh, Acting Deputy Director for Global Resilience, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
  • Colonel (P) Jin H. Pak, 58th Quarteremaster Commandant CASCOM Deputy Commander for Sustainment, US Army
  • Oliver Fritz, Director for Operational Energy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment

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1800 Presidents Street, 20190
Reston, Virginia, USA

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Event details
Organizer : IDGA
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-24680