The Department of the Navy has signed an agreement to partner with Purdue University toÂ convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps’ energy usage to alternative sources by 2020, Purdue said Thursday.
The Indiana school will establish the Purdue Military Research Initiative as part of the deal, which is intended to provide 10Â active-duty officers across the U.S. military with a graduate education.
“Teaming up with research centers is an important part of maintaining the strength of the partnership between our Navy and the American people,” said Ray Mabus,Â U.S. Secretary of the Navy.
“Energy reform must inform and shape every decision we make during research, development and procurement of our systems. With a consolidated Navy and Marine Corps effort, we will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, reduce our tactical and strategic vulnerabilities, increase our combat capability, and make the Department of the Navy a government leader in energy reform,” Mabus added.