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Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory


Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Futures Directorate

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


Common Elements / emphasis throughout most Priority Areas

  1. AI
  2. Robotics & Autonomy
  3. Alternate PNT
  4. Open Systems Architectures
  5. Joint, Common, Interoperable

Littoral Maneuver
Surface platforms that enable rapid maneuver of forces and logistics in a distributed and contested environment. Includes capabilities that ensure access to shores such as Counter Mine.
Sustain Stand-In forces in a contested environment. Resupply and displacement of units distributed throughout a contested environment via surface, subsurface, and air domains. Scalable and agile capabilities that leverage autonomy and alternative energy (where beneficial). Forward secure cache and enhanced distribution via secure MAGTF C2. Enhanced forward medical care and casualty evacuation from contested environments. Includes novel transport, alternative fuels, assured C2, reduced size, weight, and power systems, Ultralight Tactical Vehicle (UTV), and organic foraging.
Force Protection
Integrated with C5ISRT, AI / ML enhanced to counter non-kinetic and kinetic effects to include HVAA, UAS, and protection against attack from numerous coordinated air, surface or ground systems (i.e. swarms). Includes use of sensors, directed energy, kinetics, signature manipulation, counter mine, and protection from hypersonic threats and EMP attack
C5 / Counter C5
Resilient communication architectures capable of closing kill chains in austere and denied / degraded environments. Provides an integrated all domain common operating picture and resiliency in a low bandwidth environment. Low LPI/LPD. PNT independent. Project Overmatch integrated and JADC2 compatible.
ISR / Counter ISR
Persistent passive and active sensors, EO/IR, RF, detecting from the air, surface, sub-surface, and ground. Employed from land, surface, subsurface, and air. Compatible with LRUSV(s) and aerial platforms independently or as swarms. Multi-platform to enable every platform as a sensor. Relevant architecture and formats to support all domain Fires. Includes MAGTF Unmanned Expeditionary Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) aerial systems, manned aerial systems, and ground platforms
Employ decoy, deception, camouflage, and concealment to enhance effectiveness. Masking of friendly signatures across the electromagnetic energy spectrum, as well as signatures associated with physical, administrative, and acoustic environments. The ability to scale and project deceptive signatures. Develop patterns of life and targeting. Understand adversary malign messaging and actions and counter with active and passive capabilities. Leverages joint force investments and capabilities in the space domain.
Denial of adversary’s use of systems through operations that jam, spoof, or deny. Exploration of limited yield EMP.
Offensive and Defensive with the proper equipment, approvals and structure to effect adversary C5ISRT.
“Long” range precision fires. Increase effectiveness and lethality through kinetic & non-kinetic payloads employed from all domains that can support a coordinated time on target. Includes hyper-sonic missile development, alternative air delivered fires, OPF from airborne platforms, and payloads compatible with Remotely Operated Ground Unit Expeditionary (ROGUE Fires). Includes the ability to employ payloads individually or in a swarm. Short range fires employed at the tactical unit level.
Modernization of training capabilities. Interoperable Live Virtual Constructive training simulation systems that are capable of communicating battlefield effects within multi-domain environments. Leverage low-cost, mobile, interactive simulations that are customizable, flexible, adaptable, and capable of providing user specific feedback. Includes simulation ecosystems where product design, CONEMP evaluation, feedback, requirements generation, validation, testing, and training and proficiency can be efficiently conducted.
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