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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

First Advisor

Joshua K. Strakos, PhD.


Since the 1970s, the U.S. Congress has been concerned with energy policy as a result of the 1973 oil crisis due to the Arab oil embargo. With the Department of Defense (DoD) being the major consumer of energy within the federal government, specifically as it relates to petroleum-related products (gasoline, diesel, and JP8...), it has been directed to implement cost cutting measures related to energy dependence through numerous Executive orders and Congressional Acts. Therefore, the DoD has mandated that each military service find ways to reduce energy requirements in order to meet both Presidential and Congressional mandates. This thesis provides a historical review (1973-2014) of energy related literature and identifies current gaps between strategy and research through the use of content analysis. It focuses primarily on operational energy research, but briefly discusses installation energy as it relates to the DoD Operational Energy Strategy.

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