Senate Approps wants DoD to use commercial batteries

The Senate Appropriations Committee wants the Defense Department to to use double and triple A consumer batteries in its standard battlefield equipment, Next Gov reports.

The Army acknowledges it needs to use a standard battery.

Pew Charitable Trusts Clean Energy Program says the average soldier who goes to Afghanistan uses seven kinds of batteries, and an infantry battalion goes through $150,000 worth of batteries a year.

The committee says the battery issue threatens battlefield effectiveness.

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