“We have made tremendous strides in weaning ourselves from external energy dependencies…For expeditionary Marines operating in austere environments, these energy efficiency measures represent a significant increase in combat effectiveness.”
Gen James F. Amos Commandant,
Posture of the United States Marine Corps, April 2013
The demands of the future security environment are driving the Marine Corps to become a leaner force. The MEB is centered as the principal organization for planning, conducting steady-state activities, and responding to larger crises and contingencies. Today’s MEB, the ‘crown jewel’ of Marine Corps operations, is heavier than it was ten years ago. There are more units, and each unit relies on more (and heavier) aircraft, vehicles, and equipment. All require more energy than legacy versions.
The Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) is pursuing an aggressive energy program to extend the operational reach of the future MEB and increase readiness by enabling additional training days with the same amount of fuel. Our Corps’ energy investments ensure that the Marine Corps will forever remain most ready when the Nation is least ready, by creating a lighter, more efficient force that goes farther and stays longer on every gallon of fuel we use.