Green.Org had the opportunity to sit down with Major Steven Harvey, the Director of the NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge, to discuss his vision for how the Defense Department will imagine electric mobility in the future. The United States Government has the opportunity to invest and build new technology that could lead to major advancements in renewable energy and cleantech. Let’s get to know Major Harvey more and hear more about the Defense Department’s Electric Mobility.
Who Is Major Steven Harvey?
Major Steven Harvey is the Director of the NavalX SoCal Tech Bridge. His passion is tapping into the creativity of the Naval workforce to identify opportunities to create strategic partnerships between government, industry, and academia. He believes that by fostering a collaborative market of ideas around commercial dual use technologies, the Naval Force can accelerate the adoption of new products and practices.
Steve earned an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a graduate of the Centers for Adaptive Warfighting Military Scrum Master and Warfighter Centered Design courses. In his free time, Steve studies emerging technologies and organizational leadership, and enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and camping with his family.
Major Harvey, thank you for being here. What are you working on that you are most excited about?
I am most excited to help unlock the Defense Department’s imagination about electric mobility through our work at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Why do you think it is important for people to educate themselves about sustainability?
There are ideological and practical views about sustainable energy and there is a spot on the map where those views intersect. Encouraging the ecosystem of folks that care about energy to map that intersection and then plot a course to meet there is very important.
Where do you see your industry going in the next 5-10 years?
I see the Department of Defense moving toward more sustainable energies, on bases and installations, and on the battlefield. It is practical, can result in long-term cost savings in operations and sustainment but also serves the purpose of reducing emissions. The Defense Department needs help from industry to achieve its goals.
What are you most excited about for the future?
I think if we can reduce the dependency on liquid fuel on the battlefield, we reduce the risk to our service members having to transport it in massive convoys. Electrifying and automating the platforms we use on the battlefield will serve to protect our most valuable resource on the battlefield — the service member.