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Fuel Costs Squeeze Defense Budget

The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of liquid fuels in the world, and as this digest makes plain, 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.

Given the stakes, Congress should use its budgetary and oversight functions to ensure that the Pentagon is proceeding aggressively with an effort to cut its consumption of fuel.