In 2006, SAFE joined with General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO of FedEx Corporation, to form the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence. Later that year, the ESLC released its Recommendations to the Nation on Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence—a concrete plan to improve U.S. energy security as well crucial follow-up reports and policy briefs.
Today, the ESLC is chaired by Frederick W. Smith, and General James T. Conway, the 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and retains its strategic mix of business and four-star former military leaders: Advocates who are committed to strengthening U.S. economic and national security through measures that reduce our dependence on oil, strengthen domestic energy production and accelerate measure to diversify our nation’s fuel sources.