On 30 March 2011, President Barack Obama directed the Parties to work with private industry to create advanced drop-in biofuels that will power both the Department of Defense and private sector transportation throughout America.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by and between the Department of the Navy (DON), Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereafter referred to as the Parties, is entered into to initiate a cooperative effort by the Parties to assist the development and support of a sustainable commercial biofuels industry and to foster mutual cooperation of the parties to achieve the goals and objectives further described herein.