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Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory


Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory

Futures Directorate

Quantico, VA

Sea Dragon 2025 Assessment Conference



                                                              Photograph by Greg Jones on 27 October 2016 during 3/5’s ITX at Twentynine Palms, California. 

                                                          Marines from 3/5 are employing the Weaponized Multi-Utility Tactical Transport



Sea Dragon 2025 (SD25) addresses how our potential and current adversaries continually innovate and develop new capabilities many of which now equal or exceed our own.  This unstable and increasingly dangerous global situation is further complicated by a constrained resource environment. SD25 is the institutionalization of our campaign of learning process, meant to combat these shortcomings and prepare for engagement in the future battle space.


 Despite this challenging fiscal environment we must continue current operations, reset our equipment, and maintain our warfighting readiness, while at the same time, innovate and modernize the force.  Therefore, it is imperative that we aggressively wargame and experiment with new ways to operate and develop a Marine Corps that retains and improves its warfighting edge.


Sea Dragon Phase I experiments were comprised of studies, wargames, live-force experiments and science and technology assessments all feeding into the overall Campaign of Learning and informing Marine Corps Force 2025.


Marine Corps Force 2025 is a ten-year effort to ensure the MAGTF is postured to address the challenges of the future operating environment.  In support of that effort, the CMC directed CD&I to provide an assessment of the Marine Corps Force 2025 Table of Organization and Equipment (T/O&E) of the next generation Marine infantry battalion design while examining the associated impacts to the larger MAGTF.


MCWL will brief the after-action outputs from SD Phase I and based on those after-action outputs; inform SD Phase II experimentation. This assessment conference marks the formal conclusion of SD25 Phase I.


This event is classified FOUO and is not open to the public. Please direct any questions to MCWL PAO by emailing:




Discuss after-action points, inform phase II experimentation, and make recommendations for the Marine Corps' future force development.

Directions to the Conference

Military and DoD personnel must present DoD identification to enter the base. Marine sentries assist visitors arriving at the base; visitors are issued vehicle passes and given directions to their destination. Proper identification, such as a state driver’s license, is required to get onto base.

From I-95: Take exit 150, Quantico/Triangle. Take route 619 east to the entrance of the base. Pass through the gate and follow Fuller Road for approximately 3 miles. Bear right. Fuller Road becomes Barnett Avenue. Turn left at the second traffic light (before the Quantico Fire Station) onto Martin Avenue, and go underneath the railroad bridge. Turn right at the stop sign (traffic circle) onto Broadway Street. (Parking is available on the right) Make a left onto South Street and the destination is at the end on the right.

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