By Chief of Naval Operations Energy & Environmental Readiness Division
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and other key representatives from Navy, Marine Corps, industry, and the international community will speak at the fourth annual Naval Energy Forum Oct. 17 at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.
This year's theme, "The Art of the Long View," highlights the importance of using energy in a judicious manner to enhance combat capability today and ensure availability of resources for future generations. Panels and presentations will address progress toward SECNAV's aggressive energy goals and related aspects of U.S. and global energy security.
"Energy is a vital enabler of warfighting. It has been since before the Industrial Revolution, and we continue to recognize that today," said Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "The energy forum is a great opportunity for dialogue among energy policy leaders and the participants about our successes to date, solutions in progress, and the vision for the future."
An all-star cast of panelists and speakers will present on various topics including expeditionary energy, energy in acquisition, international impacts, and industry perspectives. Key speakers include SECNAV, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, Sharon Burke; Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, Vice Adm. Phil Cullom; Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Lt. Gen. Richard Mills and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.