Skip to comments.Navy looks to gamers for ideas to end oil dependence
Posted on 05/29/2012 8:32:31 AM PDT by mbarker12474
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan The Navy is hoping that online game playing will yield new ideas as the service seeks to reduce its exposure to the uncertainties of the global oil market.
The Energy MMOWGLI short for Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet calls on players to respond to a range of future scenarios where the Navys ability to respond to disasters and security threats is blunted by fuel shortage.
The competition, which runs this week and is open to the public, comes out just as the Navys long-term plan for using alternative fuels has been threatened by lawmakers who have criticized its costs.
Earlier this month, House Republicans passed a measure that would bar the Navy from purchasing fuels that cost more than conventional fuels. The biofuels currently being purchased by the Navy for its jets, ships and vehicles cost four to five times the price of fossil fuels.
Within the game, players are open to consider biofuels and any other options that take both consumption and efficiency into account. Players watch videos briefing them on the scenario and then propose ideas in 140 typed characters that advance a small-scale strategy.
Players can scan what ideas others are using and expand upon those ideas, or tell other players to reverse course. In the ideal situation, points are awarded and a large-scale strategy is born.
Officials from the Navys Energy and Environmental Readiness Division and the Office of Naval Research said they hope the game will introduce them to people outside of their agencies with different ideas.
Were hoping for an extremely diverse group of players, including talented, thoughtful players from academia, industry, military, government, NGOs and global citizens, said Cmdr. Jim Goudreau, of the Navys energy division, in a statement posted on the games website. Advertisement
Anytime that fuel prices increase, it affects the Navys ability to train and perform its missions, Goudreau added.
The Navy spends an additional $30 million every time the price of a barrel of oil increases by $1, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said during congressional testimony in March.
Mabus has staunchly advocated using more biofuels, especially after President Barack Obama announced that the departments of Defense and Agriculture would spend $510 million over three years on domestic biofuels.
Mabus declared that the Navy would attempt to derive 50 percent of its fuel from alternative sources by 2020. However, that goal has been derided by congressional critics who say the Navys shouldnt be spending so much in a time of advancing budget deficits.
Mabus argued at a congressional hearing in March that the Navys purchases would develop the biofuels market and push down prices.
Even purchases of small amounts for our research efforts has shown dramatic results in lowering the cost of biofuels, which cost half as much today as they did just two years ago, Mabus said at the hearing.
The game can be accessed online.
Sails and oars. Where’s my money?
Here’s the plan, sir.
Stop being stuck on stupid.
Full employment for welfare recipients. Row well and live.
And you never want to hear the captain order "Water skiing speed!"
You don't need gamers...just get rid of Bathhouse Barry and his Marxist claque in November (including Ray Mabus, Obama @$$-kisser supreme and current SecNav), and the country can have plenty of domestic energy supplies to fuel ships and aircraft.
Admiral Rickover had already figured this out decades ago.
If it’s an emergency, seize a well or two in the Spratlys from the Chinese? And a few tankers? I’m sure the Philippines would be happy to refine the crude to diesel and jet fuel for us.
Seems we once had a nuclear navy that didn’t require much by way of oil except for aircraft...
Harness porpoises and whales. Otherwise, teleportation should be developed to achieve relocation of the entire fleet around the world at light speed. Think of what an intimidation tactic THAT would be.
Seriously, it takes a lot of carbon-based fuels to power the smaller vessels, and the Navy’s air arm. Not sure we could grow that many soybeans or corn for the fuel requirements. The larger vessels are, for the most part, powered by nuclear reactors, which have had a remarkable record for reliability and comparative safety.
Scooping Methane Hydrate up out of the muck at ocean’s bottom would tap into a plentiful resource, but as of now, technical problems have limited any application of this proposed extraction method. We will probably have to rely on carbon-based fuels for centuries to come, simply because short of tapping into nuclear energy, the useful energy release from combustion of carbon-based fuel is the highest yield available to us in an oxygen-based atmosphere.
Three words, US Navy: “Drill, baby, drill.” Out.
Cut out the Pandering and Political Correctness and get back to concentrating on your reason to exist - the defense of the nation and of the US Constitution.
I’d like my reward to be paid in pre-1965 silver coins.
Actually, I think coins were dated 1965 for multiple years. You'd probably better ask for 1964 or earlier without even mentioning '65
Apparently the game is now closed-—no more new players being accepted at its website.
I guess using Enhanced Radiation A-bombs to depopulate the OPEC nations is too obvious a solution.
The answer is simple. Read my tagline.
Drill baby drill !!! problem solved.
When Don Rumsfeld proposed using this to try and figure out AQ’s next move the mainstream press ran him up the yardarm.
read a history of the jaoanese and italian navies in ww2 to see how oil shortage affected strategy.
The Department of Agriculture is buying biofuels for their ships? I’d like to see them in battle.....
“Captain! The enemy is closing on us!”
“All hands on deck! Prepare to give them a broadside of radishes!”
Moonshine. I’ll take mine in small bills.
To start with, the Zumwalts should have had nuke plants and been classed as Cruisers. THEN been built out beyond the projected two ships in both the DD (CL) and a DDG (CG) configuration at the rate of two (two DDG/CGs) per CSG and two (one DDG/CG and one DD/CL) per ESG.
Expanding the use of nuclear would also work.
Well they could use coal to liquid fuel conversion. It has already been used by Germany in WWII and South Africa from the 1970’s.
Get rid of those aircraft and you have plenty of space for solar panels.
Mebbe somebody oughta slip them Sarah Palin’s phone number...I hear she knows what t’do...
Oh, I’ve no doubt lack of oil affects strategy as well as a number of other things.
If you want your own oil, then drill for it. If not, then be at the mercy of those enemies that sell it to you and can cut you off at anytime.
Kill a few sperm whales to make your “biodiesel” on the go.
I AM SPEECHLESS!! IS THIS REAL?!!!!!
Actually, they are finding that putting problems in the form of a game is a very efficient way to solve problems.
People like to solve problems and will work hard at it, if it’s fun to do.
well, it’ll never happen;. More wasted money for giving to leftists.
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