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Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Futures Assessment

Quantico, VA

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) utilizes concept-based experimentation as a primary means to explore both material and non-material solutions enabling warfighting concepts. The concept-based experimentation process provides the unique opportunity to assess the utility of experimental technologies employed in operational scenarios and environments. MCWL leverages ONR’s science and technology efforts to inform and support the concept-based experimentation process.

Amplifying instructions on White Paper submissions to MCWL can be found at http://www.mcwl.marines.mil/Divisions/Science-and-Technology/Future-Technology-Office/TISO/.

Focus areas for MCWL experimentation include:

1.  Expeditionary Logistics. Technologies to sustain distributed operations in austere and remote environments.

a. Efficient generation of energy and purified water at points of consumption.
b. Reduced consumption of energy.
c. Demand and resupply visibility and efficiency.
d. Autonomous/unmanned support and resupply capabilities.
e. Secure resupply in urban environments.
f. Operations from a sea base comprised of either US Navy amphibious shipping or alternate platforms.
g. New and efficient additive manufacturing technologies for metal.
h. Rapidly establish, operate, and displace numerous forward arming and refueling points (FARPs) capable of supporting Navy and Marine Corps aircraft.

2.  Interoperable Command and Control (C2) Systems. Technologies that enhance information sharing within the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) and among Joint, Naval and Coalition forces that are Tactical Service Oriented Architecture (TSOA) compliant.

a. Efficient data sharing in a multi-level classification/security environment.
b. Common Operational Picture accessible and tailorable to command needs.

3.  C2 Afloat or the Naval Operational Architecture.  Technologies that integrate fleet and MAGTF tactical grids to command and control distributed operations afloat and ashore.

a. Modular systems that enable rapid installation of communications and networking capabilities aboard ships that can quickly transition from a sea based platform to a land based configuration.

4.  Communications and Networking. Technologies to improve secure information exchange over the horizon and on the move.

a. Self-forming/self-healing secure, high bandwidth voice and data mesh networks.
b. Novel approaches for National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Systems for Classified Program (CSFC) compliant, multi-layer mobile device security.

5.  Lightening the Load. Technologies that reduce the size and weight of the total load of the MAGTF as well as the individual Marine.

a. Reduced weight/size of equipment embarked on amphibious shipping.
b. Reduced weight/size of equipment carried/worn by individual Marines.
c. Autonomous/unmanned systems used for small unit logistic enablers or armed surveillance roles.

6.  Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED)/Mine. Technologies that enhance IED/mine detection, neutralization or pre- detonation.

a. IED detection, neutralization or pre-detonation from standoff distances, to include explosive hazards on unmanned platforms.
b. Detection and neutralization of suicide bombers and vehicular bombs.

7.  Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Technologies that enhance sensor acquisition, fusion and data distribution, technologies to maximize payload flexibility and endurance of unmanned systems.

a. Unmanned airborne systems that can be launched from ship or land to provide over the horizon, long endurance surveillance capabilities.
b. Unmanned systems (air or ground) that can be launched from larger unmanned systems to extend operational reach.
c. Technologies that can fuse data and provide scalable information to the end user (small unit leader to commander).
d. Technologies that leverage open source information, to include social media.
e. Landward technologies to conduct passive and, when advantageous, active sensing and geolocation of the surface and subsurface portions of the sea space, airspace above, and electromagnetic spectrum.

8.  Urban Operations.  Technologies that enable the ability to operate in densely populated cities.

a. Sensors to improve surveillance in an urban environment.
b. Technologies that enable secure, inter-squad communications in high rise buildings.
c. Technologies that provide rapid, stealth ingress/egress of urban centers.
d. Technologies that enable urban mobility in vertical, subterranean, or ground level environments.

9.  Amphibious Operations Enablers. Technologies that enhance the ability to operate from ship to shore.

a. Technologies to assess maneuverability of the shallows, beach and shore with respect to obstacles, mines, enemy presence, landing and driving conditions.
b. Sea wall breaching technologies.
c. Technologies that reduce or eliminate ship to shore signature of surface craft.
d. Technologies that speed the transport of armored vehicles ashore

10.  Precision Fires.

a. Technologies that reduce target location error and extend the reach of ship- to-   
    shore fires.
b. Technologies that allow Marines ashore to support naval warfare areas (surface
warfare, antisubmarine warfare, air and missile defense, information operations warfare, and strike warfare).
c. Technologies to conduct airborne early warning and maritime
patrols/antisubmarine warfare using tilt-rotor, rotary wing, or unmanned systems operating from small flight decks or austere forward arming and refueling points ashore (as opposed to fixed wing aircraft operating from aircraft carriers or established runways).
d. Increase the range and timeliness of air, ground and naval fires.
e. Improve the ability to provide all weather fire support among distributed forces.
f. Technologies to counter adversary unmanned systems (air, ground and sea
g. Technologies to maintain precise application of fires in a GPS denied environment.
h. Technologies that locate location of enemy indirect fires.

11.  Cyberspace Operations. Technologies to defend networks, evade/react to attacks and counter or exploit enemy networks.

a. Create, maintain and provide cyberspace situational awareness, command and control, planning and decision support.
b. Capabilities to enable reconnaissance of network activities and response to attacks and threats.
c. Enabling operations in support of information warfare and electronic warfare support needs.
d. Create meaningful, accurate, and specific fires coordinated adversarial effects.
e. Prevent intrusion, compromise, and/or data exfiltration of our own information systems (IS).
f. Reconstitute compromised information systems to a usable, trustworthy state with minimum downtime.
g. Live, virtual, and constructive cyber training.
h. Cyber hardening and security to include hand held devices and unmanned systems.

i. Identification and attribution of network activity of users and devices.

12.  Electronic Warfare.  Technologies enabling electronic warfare support, attack, and protection in order to ensure maneuver in the electromagnetic spectrum and deny the adversary the same.

a. Create, maintain, and provide electronic warfare situational awareness, command and control, planning and decision support.
b. Interoperability of sensors, emitters, and electronic warfare platforms within Marine Corps architecture.
c. Live, virtual, and constructive training within geographical and spectrum limitations.
d. Maneuver in electromagnetic environment, including electromagnetic feints and signature masking.
e. Multi-band wide spectrum detection, geolocation, and classification of electromagnetic signatures.
f. Identifying and/or defeating adversarial attempts to deny or degrade communications, sensors, or ISR operations.
g. Denying or degrading adversarial attempts to use communications, sensors, or other operations in the electromagnetic environment.
h. Special tactical edge considerations including high frequency (HF) detection and geolocation, small form factor sensors, and intuitive systems requiring limited to no subject matter expertise

i. Incorporation of automation and artificial intelligence into electronic warfare processes

13.  Information Operations.  Technologies enabling information related capabilities.

a. Create, maintain, and provide situational awareness, planning and decision support for information operations
b. Training aids to enable training in the information environment that are compliant with statutory and policy limitations

14.  Simulation, Training & Human Performance. Adaptable and deployable training
systems and technologies that enhance the speed and effectiveness of training.

a. Integration of live, virtual and simulated training through networked venues.
b. Simulation systems that immerse individuals in operationally realistic training scenarios.
c. Technologies that link actors at the tactical and operational levels.

15.  Medical Technologies. Technologies to improve the medical care for Marines through prevention, protection and casualty response.

a. Networked, hand held real-time health assessment devices.
b. Technologies to increase casualty survivability through improved forward care and speed of casualty transport.
c. Containerized Medical Systems for Alternative Shipping:  Ability to utilize ship power and water, to load on/off alternative shipping with capability modules for emergency rooms, operating rooms, wards, burn care, labs, communications, and pharmacy.
d. Blood Storage:  Ruggedized ability to store blood with redundant power, constant monitoring, and Marine aircraft compatible.
e. Patient Warming: Uninterrupted warming throughout evacuation chain with ability to raise and maintain patient temperature.  Flexible power sources (solar, batteries, etc.) and near silent operation.
f. Mobile Power: Technologies capable of providing power for medical equipment while maneuvering with ground forces, and is internally transportable by all Marine aircraft.
g. Energy Efficient Medical Shelter: Hybrid material shelters that require low energy/small footprint heating for forward surgery.
h. Mobile loading systems for Medical Operations:  Ability to move medical supplies autonomously on/off Marine aircraft with a mobile pallet that has organic medical life support (power, heating, water purification). 

16.  Counter Shooter/Counter Surveillance. Situational awareness and options to counter enemy surveillance and direct fire targeting.

a. Pre-shot identification of shooters and enemy observation/surveillance.
b. Detection of optics used for observation and recording.

17.  Signature Management. Technologies that improve friendly force signature management, to include the ability to monitor “own force” signatures, improve camouflage, concealment, and deception.

18.  Other Supporting Missions.

a. Scalable, flexible-range non-lethal weapons.
b. Automated, hand held language translation systems.
c. Systems to improve boarding of vessels for search and seizures.
d. Technologies that can detect and/or neutralize small unmanned aerial systems.
e. Technologies that enable operations in a Global Positioning System (GPS) denied environment.
f. Technologies that enable ‘swarming’ of unmanned systems.

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