Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

 

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Combat Development and Integration

Quantico, VA
Brigadier General Kevin Killea passes the MCWL colors to Brigadier General Dale Alford during the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Change of Command ceremony.
Passing of the Warfighting Laboratory colors signifying the changing of command.
Brigadier General Kevin Killea passes the MCWL colors to Brigadier General Dale Alford during the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory's Change of Command ceremony.
BGen Kevin Killea (left) and BGen Julian Alford (right) stand at attention as the colors are marched on during the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Change of Command Ceremony Thursday June 18, 2015.
Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Change of Command
BGen Kevin Killea (left) and BGen Julian Alford (right) stand at attention as the colors are marched on during the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Change of Command Ceremony Thursday June 18, 2015.
Brigadier General Kevin Killea (left), the Futures Directorate Director and Commanding General of the Warfighting Laboratory is presented with a parting gift from the Futures Directorate by Deputy Director Colonel Jeff Holt (right) and Captain Jerald Feehery (center).

An early summer Hail and Farewell was hosted at the Clubs at Quantico Friday June 12 to formally welcome a few new members of the team and to say farewell and thank you to those moving on to the next phase of their lives and military careers.
Hail and Farewell
Brigadier General Kevin Killea (left), the Futures Directorate Director and Commanding General of the Warfighting Laboratory is presented with a parting gift from the Futures Directorate by Deputy Director Colonel Jeff Holt (right) and Captain Jerald Feehery (center). An early summer Hail and Farewell was hosted at the Clubs at Quantico Friday June 12 to formally welcome a few new members of the team and to say farewell and thank you to those moving on to the next phase of their lives and military careers.
Marines from The Basic School (TBS) participate in determining the effectiveness of unloading and loading munitions from the M1161 Growler Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV).
Assessing effectiveness of M1161 Growler ITV
Marines from The Basic School (TBS) participate in determining the effectiveness of unloading and loading munitions from the M1161 Growler Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV).
Marines from The Basic School (TBS) participate in determining the effectiveness of unloading and loading munitions from the M1161 Growler Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV).
Determining effectiveness of M1161 Growler ITV
Marines from The Basic School (TBS) participate in determining the effectiveness of unloading and loading munitions from the M1161 Growler Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV).
U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen. Joseph Dunford sits with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) on Marine Corps Base Quantico, May 6, 2015. The CMC met with the Marines and the civilians of the command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline A. Garcia/ Released)
MCWL (Futures Directorate) Visit
U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen. Joseph Dunford sits with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) on Marine Corps Base Quantico, May 6, 2015. The CMC met with the Marines and the civilians of the command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline A. Garcia/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen. Joseph Dunford sits with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) on Marine Corps Base Quantico, May 6, 2015. The CMC met with the Marines and the civilians of the command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline A. Garcia/ Released)
MCWL (Futures Directorate) Visit
U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), Gen. Joseph Dunford sits with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) on Marine Corps Base Quantico, May 6, 2015. The CMC met with the Marines and the civilians of the command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacqueline A. Garcia/ Released)
LtCol James Richardson and GySgt Joe Perera troubleshooting the Modular Advanced Armed Autonomous Robotic System (MAARS). MAARS is one of the unmanned systems the Marine Corps had on display at the expo.
MAARS
LtCol James Richardson and GySgt Joe Perera troubleshooting the Modular Advanced Armed Autonomous Robotic System (MAARS). MAARS is one of the unmanned systems the Marine Corps had on display at the expo.
Capt James Pineiro, the Futures Directorate's Science and Technology Ground Combat Element Branch Head, talks to a visitor about the Marine Corps systems on display and the work being done within Futures Directorate with unmanned systems.
AUVSI
Capt James Pineiro, the Futures Directorate's Science and Technology Ground Combat Element Branch Head, talks to a visitor about the Marine Corps systems on display and the work being done within Futures Directorate with unmanned systems.
Marines carefully guide the Container-Lift and Maneuver System (C-LMS) between two containers during the Dense Pack Access Retrieval and Transit (DPART) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Limited Operational Utility Assessment (LOUA) conducted aboard the SS Cape Island near Tacoma, WA
C-LMS during a LOUA
Marines carefully guide the Container-Lift and Maneuver System (C-LMS) between two containers during the Dense Pack Access Retrieval and Transit (DPART) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) Limited Operational Utility Assessment (LOUA) conducted aboard the SS Cape Island near Tacoma, WA
Mac McKinney and Dan Wright, the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) team at the Futures Directorate in Quantico, VA
JCTD Team
Mac McKinney and Dan Wright, the Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) team at the Futures Directorate in Quantico, VA
Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast
 

Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast Published

The 2015 MCSEF provides a current snapshot of Futures Directorate's continual examination of the deep future. It examines global patterns and trends, develops insight on the character of future conflict, and outlines four plausible world futures: a baseline future, two alternative futures, and a "preferred" future. 

Visit our Futures Assessment Division page for more information

Mission

Futures Directorate

Develop and explore warfighting concepts and concepts of operations. We do this in order to identify potential capability gaps and opportunities in order to inform future force development. Under the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, the Futures Directorate plays a critical role in shaping tomorrow’s Marine Corps.

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

The Warfighting Laboratory rigorously explore and assesses Marine Corps service concepts using an integral combination of wargaming, concept-based experimentation, technology assessments, and analysis to validate, modify, or reject the concept’s viability, and identify capability gaps and opportunities, in order to inform future force development.

Futures Directorate Videos
Commander

Brigadier General Julian D. Alford

MCWL Social Media