It appears that the Obama Administration is close to formally announcing a nominee for the Department of Defense (DOD) Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs. The Director of this office will have the opportunity to significantly impact the energy security for our military and the entire country, which makes swift confirmation by the Senate all the more important.
The DOD energy director position was created by the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 and was signed into law on October 14, 2008. In creating this new office, Congress intended for the military, the largest energy consumer in the federal government, to lead by example as it has in the past on many social and technological fronts. Though both parties continue to rail against our dependence on foreign oil, Sharon Burke of CNAS was nominated in 2009 for the position, but still awaits Senate confirmation.