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Wed, Jan 11, 2017

“Unleash us from the tether of fuel”

Mattis put his faith in the 3rd Marine Air Wing’s ability to defeat Saddam’s formations surrounding Baghdad, and accepted the risk that his force might not achieve its objectives before running out of fuel. In later testimony, Mattis reflected back on the compromising situation of the “March Up,” as well as on the cost of increased fuel demand during the counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the future, he stated, the military must be “unleashed from the tether of fuel.” Mattis had seen the future imperative to change our sources of energy for military operations.

Defense Industrialist by Greg Douquet

Afghanistan Conflict

Greg Douquet is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program and Global Energy Center, where he serves as co-director of the Veterans Advanced Energy Project. He is also co-founder and managing partner of Red Duke Strategies, LLC, (RDS) a disabled veteran owned small business whose mission is to facilitate the success of a select number of highly promising small and medium-sized organizations with applications in expeditionary environments. RDS clients span public, private, and nonprofit realms, and include Federal Government contracts, operational energy, emergency response, and medical technology.

Prior to retiring from the US Marine Corps after a thirty-year career, Greg served as director of the secretary of the Navy’s Physical Evaluation Board, with responsibility for the well-being of those Sailors and Marines referred for medical retirement. Greg also served as chief of staff for Marine Forces in Europe and Africa, an area of operation spanning Russia, Europe, Africa, and Israel. Previously, Greg Commanded Parris Island, the Marine Corps iconic recruiting and recruit training base.

Greg held lead responsibility for strategic planning in Afghanistan under General Stanley McChrystal in 2010 and was the lead aviation planner for the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.  He is a 4,000-hour aviator and aerospace professional with deep experience in ship-based / shore-based tactical aviation operations, Presidential helicopter operations, and aviation acquisition. He is a fellow with the Royal College of Defense Studies, published author of multiple scholarly articles on energy and security related issues, and holds three master’s degrees, with distinction. His awards include the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, and an Air Medal for commanding combat flight operations.