Total DOD energy innovation investment increased from $1 billion in 2009 to $1.5 billion in 2012 - about a ten percent increase annually.

DOD's support for energy innovation is significant, bested only by DOE, with estimated investments totaling $1.5 billion in FY2012. Investments span technology needs and emphasize development across the innovation lifecycle, supporting the development of energy technologies through basic and applied research, demonstration and prototypes, testing and evaluation, and commercialization through acquisition of both new and existing energy technologies. This process of technology development is largely reliant on mission-oriented goals, aimed at the provision of both protection and capability to the warfighter.