The military has been quietly funding re…

The military has been quietly funding research into a number of alternative energy projects. An article in the New York Times today covers a Rand report on this subject:

The Rand report criticizes the military’s expenditures on these projects and suggests that alternative fuel development be left to the private sector. The report however doesn’t consider the strategic issues involved.

The report also misses the benefit of such government R&D expenditures on the private side. NIH funding for biomedical research is one reason the US is a leader in this area. Government funding of alternative energy development, whether through the military or another government entity, is likely to be helpful to the development of a domestic alternative energy industry.