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Energy Key Performance Parameter (KPP) (Mandatory KPP)

DAU GLOSSARY DEFINITION

Performance attribute of a system considered critical or essential to the development of an effective military capability. KPPs are contained in the Capability Development Document (CDD) and the updated CDD and are included verbatim in the Acquisition Program Baseline (APB). KPPs are expressed in term of parameters which reflect Measures of Performance (MOPs) using a threshold/objective format. KPPs must be measurable, testable, and support efficient and effective Test and Evaluation (T&E). Mandatory KPPs are specified in the JCIDS Manual.

Alternate Definition

A Mandatory KPP intended to ensure combat capability by balancing energy performance of systems and provisioning of energy to sustain systems/forces required by an operational commander in threat environments. It includes, but is not limited to, considerations for optimizing fuel and electric power demand in capability solutions, in the context of the logistical supply of energy, as it affects the demand on the force to provide and protect critical energy supplies. The Energy KPP includes fuel and electric power demand considerations in systems, including those for operating “off grid” for extended periods when necessary, consistent with strategic analysis products. Where energy demand reduction is impractical or insufficient to align with projected energy supply, complementary non materiel changes to the energy supply chain and associated logistics capability solutions must be addressed to accommodate increased energy demands and satisfy the Energy KPP.

General Information

The Energy KPP includes, but is not limited to, considerations for optimizing fuel and electric power demand in capability solutions, in the context of the logistical supply of energy to the warfighter, as it directly affects the demand on the force to provide and protect critical energy supplies. The Energy KPP includes both fuel and electric power demand considerations in systems, including those for operating “off grid” for extended periods when necessary, consistent with Spectrum Survivability Attribute (SSA) products.

The Energy KPP is applicable in Capability Development Documents (CDDs) that specify capabilities that use operational energy or consume energy to sustain performance over scenario timelines. The Energy KPP differs from other KPPs in several ways:

  • Fuel delivery logistics (tanker aircraft, oilers, and fuel trucks) have a uniquely large presence in the total force structure and in the battlespace.
  • Fuel, in the large volumes U.S. forces demand it, and, in the timeframe when new systems will come into the force, may become less readily available for procurement in proximity to where it is required for operations. 
  • The Energy KPP does not focus directly on energy-related costs, but rather on mission effectiveness within the context of mission and threat.
  • The Energy KPP is intended to ensure combat capability of the force by balancing the energy performance of systems and the provisioning of energy to sustain required systems/forces by the operational commander in relevant threat environments.

The Joint Staff J-4/Engineering Division (J-4/ED) is the Energy KPP Proponent.