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31 Jan 12. The U.S. DoD announced the release of $18.0m to fund six military programs to reduce the energy demand of future expeditionary outposts. The funds will support efforts to develop and rapidly transition energy technologies for the combat force, resulting in improved military capabilities, fewer energy-related casualties, and lower costs for the taxpayer. Defense Department-led teams representing the military services and the Department of Energy will receive the funds. To link small businesses and entrepreneurs to the teams, DoD will host an information session in March, along with the Small Business Administration. Winning teams were chosen based on submissions to a June 2011 call for program proposals. The assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, a position established in 2009 to strengthen the energy security of military operations, will administer the funds. Congress provided resources for these programs in the 2012 Omnibus Appropriation Act.

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