Unleashing from the Tether of Fuel: 
Innovation at the Nexus of Advanced Energy and National Security

A conversation with:

Gen James Conway, USMC (Ret.)
Former Commandant
US Marine Corps

Bryan Hannegan
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy Systems Integration
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Jeff Stone
HYbrid Energy Solutions

Griffin Thompson
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, Bureau of Energy Resources
US Department of State

Moderated by:

Sherri Goodman
Board Director
Atlantic Council

Introduced by:

Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ret.)
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Advances in energy technologies are enabling individuals, communities, and nations to produce ever-increasing amounts of energy from locally available resources.   Since Secretary of Defense James Mattis called for the US military to be “unleashed from the tether of fuel” in remote military operations, the US military has become a leader in seeking energy innovation to power remote operations.  Advances in microgrid technology and energy storage promise not only to “unleash” US military operations, but also to enable sustainable economic development in remote regions, such as the Arctic.  While the quantities used in these experiments remain small relative to total energy needs, this evolution has important implications for the marketplace and for national security. The operational value of advanced energy presents a compelling opportunity to increase US technological leadership and enable marketable solutions, for both the private and public sectors. 

Join the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on April 13 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. for a discussion on how advances in energy technologies are impacting national and economic security and energy transformation, with particular focus on military needs and opportunities. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.