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Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

 

Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Futures Directorate

Quantico, VA
Experiment Division

Experiment Division plans, executes and analyzes the results of a program of concept-based live-force experiments enhanced by modeling and simulation in order to inform the DC, Combat Development & Integration, requirements process and the efforts of other organizations to advance Marine Corps capabilities.  Results include assessment of emerging concepts, development of new and innovative tactics, techniques and procedures, and recommended enhancements to current and future organizational structures and training.


The Warfighting Lab is unique in that it uses the operating forces as its experiment force.  We do this because we want an educated customer and unvarnished input from the men and women who have the highest stake in our products.  The quality of today’s Marine ensures a high level of intellectual engagement and thoughtful, clearly articulated feedback – at all levels.
Experiments take multiple forms and use a combination of methods to come to a conclusion.  These include seminars, wargames, modeling, simulation, technical assessments, and ultimately live-force operations.  With larger, more encompassing concepts, a series of limited objective experiments is used to examine specific aspects of a designated concept(s), often times culminating in what we call an Advanced Warfighting Experiment that ties together the result of previous years’ experimentation in a single, large-scale event.

Close collaboration among the four branches of Experiment Division is essential to success. Each plays a role in moving each experiment from beginning to end.