Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Only U.S. Citizens will be considered for this facility.  Dual Citizenship will not be considered at this lab.

Current research facts and interests are as follows:

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory/Futures Directive’s (MCWL/FD) mission is to develop and examine threat-informed, future oriented concepts and capabilities and to provide analytically-supported recommendations to support Marine Corps Force Development and Design.  The Warfighting Lab identifies future challenges and opportunities, develops warfighting concepts, and comprehensively explores options to inform the combat development process. MCWL’s purpose is to assist senior leadership in understanding the future operating environment (FOE) and facilitate effective decision-making. MCWL’s method for accomplishing this is to pursue its learning demands through closely integrated activities, guided by the Lab’s Lines of Effort (LOE) and designated Collateral Efforts, driven by cross-functional, mutually-supporting LOE Action Groups.

Currently, the MCWL/FD focused approach includes:

  • Conceptualize the Future Force -- This LOE will focus MCWL-wide efforts on the application of a naval expeditionary force and identify its future capabilities through the analysis of operational concepts, science and technology, wargames, and experimentation, in support of fleet operations within an actively contested maritime space in a common future operating environment frame projected out as far as 25 years.
  • Naval Integration – This LOE will combine Navy and Marine Corps forces, processes, efforts and products to produce and support unified operating concepts, concepts of operation, concepts of employment, wargames, experiments and future capabilities.
  • Assessment – This effort will organize and integrate a deliberate process involving data inputs, evaluations, assessments and analysis from across MCWL to determine how well the outputs and outcomes support Future Force Development.
  • Science and Technology (S&T) Integration and Force Modernization – This LOE supports the VCNR and EA for S&T and will provide the oversight, management and transparency to coordinate the execution of the S&T investment strategy across the Marine Corps Research and Development enterprise in order to meet the demands of the future strategic and operational environment.

Ongoing, Collateral Efforts include:

  • Distributed Operations (DO) (Project Metropolis 2) – Project Metropolis II is a 5 year campaign of learning addressing challenges specific to the conduct of landing force operations in a dense and complex urban environment using the Distributed Operations approach. The focus of this project is the development of capabilities required by warfighters from when they cross the line of departure until the primary purpose of the mission is completed (actions on the objective). The objectives of dense urban operations involve identifying, developing, examining and assessing material and non-material elements that (1) improve situational awareness, (2) improve capabilities of the unit headquarters to process information and issue direction, (3) expand the scope and depth of lethal engagement options available to small units in the dense urban environment (DUE), (4) improve that unit’s ability to operate in and dominate subterranean environments, and, (5) examine and assess developing technologies that may have the potential to improve the landing force’s ability to operate in the DUE.
  • Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) – This effort will assess the challenges associated with operationalizing the EABO concept to enable sea control via a distributed, integrated, defense in depth. Live-force experiments will examine C4ISR, fires, logistics, mine countermeasures, information environment operations (OIE) and force protection technologies. Objectives include: (1) Assessing and enabling integration & interoperability of naval C4ISR in a denied, degraded & exploited environment, (2) assessing & enabling littoral maneuver, establishment & sustainment of EABO in a contested environment, (3) assessing & enabling integration and effects of sensors and fires in support of sea-denial/sea-control, (4) assessing & enabling counter C4ISR-T (i.e. military deception, signal management, etc.) as EABO protection efforts, and, (5) assessing and enabling the contributions of experimental technologies that enable EABO.

While not comprehensive, the above describes some of the main areas of experimentation at MCWL/FD.  Everything is focused on making the Marine Corps a more effective fighting force attuned to the potential threats and enemies of the future.