National Security Program | Digest

Fuel Costs Squeeze Defense Budget

by Mieke Eoyang, Julie Zelnick and Ryan Fitzpatrick

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The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of liquid fuels in the world, and its fuel costs are rising at an alarming rate.

Fuel efficiency is a national security priority. Without it, DOD will spend an ever-increasing percentage of its budget on fuel at the expense of other priorities. In this digest, we:

  • Outline the fiscal challenges to DOD posed by rising fuel costs; and
  • Identify solutions that can help the Department cut fuel consumption while preserving, and even enhancing, mission capability.

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