Answer the following questions:

1. The Defense Science Board reports on the security issues surrounding operational energy have been considered by the military branches, which have shown some reluctance to implement their conclusions. Do you think that the services are right in resisting the DSB approach? Why or why not?

2. "Fracking" is the latest technology for the extraction of gas and oil. What specific infrastructure security problems do you see arising from this technique? How would you solve them?

3. We all know about Stuxnet and other malware that can attack SCADA systems. Are the SCADA systems the only cybersecurity vulnerability facing the energy industry? Discuss.

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1. The Department of Defence is the largest organizational user of petroleum in the world. It consumed about 117 million barrels of oil in FY2011. (Data provided by the Defence Logistics Agency – Energy (DLA – E). The Department of Defence uses 75% operational energy and 25% installation energy. Operational energy is the energy required for training, moving and sustaining military forces and equipments to the platforms of military operations while installation energy refers to the energy used at installation including non-tactical vehicles that do not fall under the definition of operational energy. The major source of energy for the Department of Defence is petroleum. Air Force is the largest user of fuel accounting for 53% of total DOD’s fuel use. US imports more than 60% of its oil from foreign sources. This has become a problem today due to various reasons such as price rise and also US is not friendly with many of the oil producing countries. DOD’s dependence on fuel has led to financial, operational and strategic challenges and risks. The increase in the price of the fuel has forced DOD to devote a larger share of its budget to fuel. This has made it difficult to concentrate on personnel pays, benefits or on equipment acquisition programs. Operational challenges and risks lie on the task of moving fuel to the battlefield....

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