Military Innovation Could Lead to Energy Efficient Technology

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Media Outlet: National Defense

Sharon Burke, former assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs and now senior advisor for the New America foundation, a Washington, D.C-based think tank, said the Defense Department has a vast array of tools and resources at its disposal for innovation. Past defense investment aimed at solutions for military problems have yielded technologies now used in civilian life, such as the Internet and GPS, she said at a discussion on climate change and global security June 17, at the Atlantic Council.

“Great work is going on to put renewable energy and energy efficiency at U.S military bases,” Burke said.

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Sharon E. Burke is a senior advisor at New America, where she focuses on international security and a new program, Resource Security, which examines the intersection of security, prosperity, and natural resources.