Kim Huntley is the founder and CEO of Supply Chain Enterprises, a company dedicated to providing new and cost savings solutions to the Department of Defense (DOD) and commercial ventures in the energy and product areas. As the former director of the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) and the former Chairman of the Interagency Working Group (IAWG) for Alternative Fuels and Energy Solutions, Huntley has a long history of commitment to the defense of our nation.
During his tenure with DESC, Huntley maintained an active agenda to promote the use of alternative energy in the Defense Department, and with other Federal Agencies. Under his leadership, IAWG united the Armed Services and Federal Agencies by identifying research and development that would promote alternative energy and reduce redundancy across the services and agencies. In effect, IAWG provides a tool to reduce waste, and focus interagency attention on mutual goals. Through his efforts with IAWG, Huntley was able to work with many senior appointed leaders including Vice Admiral Phil Cullom, the current Navy N4 logistics director and Mr. Paul Bollinger, former Army Undersecretary of Defense for Energy.
Huntley witnessed first-hand how technologies developed to provide military solutions could be rolled out into the private sector, to provide solutions to the consumer, while at DESC. Defense bases have adopted alternative energy solutions at an amazing rate, and have used commercial partners in these endeavors. One of the areas that he championed is modification of base camp LOGCAP contracts to require at least a 10-15 percent alternative energy solution on their operations. This strategy places the burden of finding the right solutions on the commercial LOGCAP contractors. The result: faster implementation than the regular DOD acquisition cycle.
Huntley is also on the board of directors of Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (ASTI) demonstrating his passion for advanced energy solutions. Ascent Solar manufactures flexible, lightweight CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) modules that allow for seamless integration of solar power into a limitless number of applications without the restrictions of conventional glass panels. Ascent’s high-efficiency modules provide the transformational ability to generate power anywhere, anytime. It is solutions like these that excite Huntley; solutions that reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and improve the environment. Ascent Solar has been on the cutting edge of DOD and aerospace solar technology. For example, they have recently introduced their iPhone 4/5 and Samsung III Galaxy solar chargers, and have been working with the Special Forces and the U.S. Army to develop battlefield solar solutions, as well as future solar enhancements to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Using over 37 years of DOD and U.S. Navy experience, Huntley matches technology solutions to particular challenges within the military, various government agencies and private industry; coordinates the right parties from various agencies or facets of private industry that can work with companies to confirm market opportunities; both commercial and military, and matches complementary companies with each other. Conversely, where it’s determined that market opportunity does not exist; he works with companies to pivot their technology focus to take advantage of true market opportunities.
After retirement there is more work to be done. Luckily, Huntley is staying in the game, and he is always on the lookout for companies that can provide real solutions to today’s energy challenges.