Every active duty and retired military professional knows readiness and operational integrity can make or break a mission. It is something the military does not compromise.
After serving for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, I now work with the Military Advisory Board of CNA, a nonprofit research and analysis organization based in Arlington, Va. I work alongside some of the highest ranking military leaders in the world to educate the public about energy and our national security. In reading The News & Observer’s March 24 article, “State GOP tries to slow wind farms in NC,” I was shocked to learn that some North Carolina state lawmakers are boldly ignoring the Pentagon’s – already existing and rigorous – assessment of wind farm safety for military operations.
Our nation’s valuable military has aggressive goals for reducing energy use and introducing renewable energy on and nearby its bases: to help reduce cost, protect national security and provide alternative sources of power should grid failure occur.