Cover: Assessment of DoD Fuel Standardization Policies

Assessment of DoD Fuel Standardization Policies

Published 1994

by James P. Stucker, John F. Schank, Bonnie Dombey-Moore


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 7.6 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback166 pages $13.00

At the onset of Operation Desert Shield, U.S. authorities designated JP-8 as the single fuel for the battlefield, to be used in all ground and air vehicles. Almost immediately, however, Air Force and Army units were using other fuels, and the policy was soon abandoned. This research finds that although fuel outcomes in ODS/S were almost all positive, primarily because fuels were readily available within the theater and because the host nations provided much of the storage and distribution equipment, the performance of the U.S. units showed much room for and need of improvement. Units were not properly trained or experienced in procedures for injecting military additives into commercial fuels or for using jet fuel in ground vehicles. The preferred fuel in any future contingency will depend on many factors and will not necessarily be JP-8 or any other single fuel. Troops available for deployment to diverse areas must be trained in and ready to use alternative fuels. The weapons, vehicles, and equipment to be deployed with them must operate effectively on any of those fuels.

This report is part of the RAND monograph report series. The monograph/report was a product of RAND from 1993 to 2003. RAND monograph/reports presented major research findings that addressed the challenges facing the public and private sectors. They included executive summaries, technical documentation, and synthesis pieces.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.