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Refining the Future Force

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Explaining the USMC’s New Capstone Concept

Lieutenant General Kenneth J. Glueck Jr. is deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration (CD&I) and commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), headquartered at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. His responsibilities are extensive, including training from boot camp to war college courses and pre-deployment preparation; analysis of potential future challenges and threats; and development of concepts, doctrine, and weapon systems and equipment. In summary, CD&I and MCCDC forge the current and future Marine Corps.

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Recharging the Force

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Energy Harvesting and the Future of Warfighter Power

By George Jagels

The growing power demands for modern warfare, in which batteries for radios, GPS receivers, computers, and optics, among other devices, compete for rucksack space with water and ammunition, are forcing the U.S. military to rethink how it powers the warfighter. A reliable source of renewable energy could allow for fewer batteries clogging an already heavy rucksack. This would reduce both the numbers and variety of batteries carried, as rechargeable units could do most of the work. The result could be a more resilient force less dependent on complicated logistics and, consequently, engaging in fewer dangerous resupply operations.

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Target: Warfighter Health


The Military Operational Medicine Research Program Brings Science to the Soldier

By George Jagels

During the thirteen years of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, servicemembers were exposed to psychological and physical strains common to warfare and  yet unique to their wars. Survival rates from combat wounds are currently at their highest levels in history, which is a remarkable scientific and organizational feat; at the same time, concerns over traumatic brain injury and a lack of psychological healthcare as well as scandals at DoD health facilities dominate headlines related to military medicine. Clearly, there is more work to be done.

The DoD’s Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP) is one joint effort to improve the lives of warfighters in theater and back home. With a mission “to develop effective countermeasures against stressors and to maximize health, performance, and fitness,” MOMRP works to identify issues that affect soldiers now and in the future, resulting in research efforts that will be relevant long after the last American forces have left Afghanistan.

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PEO SOF Warrior: Acquisition on Target

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How Special Operators Get Their Gear

By Colonel Joseph Capobianco, PEO SOF Warrior

I received the charter for Program Executive Office (PEO) for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior (PEO-SW) on 10 August 2012. The staff and I lead and manage an effective and capable team of ten Program Management Offices with the motto of “Operator Focused: On Time-On Target!” Collectively, these offices are organized and staffed to provide the required acquisition agility to acquire and field SOF-unique capabilities to the SOF enterprise. These capabilities directly enable Special Operations Command (SOCOM) lines of operations: Win the Current Fight; Expand the Global SOF Network; Ensure Responsive Resourcing.

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Fielding Readiness Through Training

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An interview with Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army CBRN School, Colonel Jeffrey Brodeur.

By Kevin Hunter

CST & CBRNE: Please speak to your role and functions as Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army CBRN School, Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

COL Brodeur: As Assistant Commandant, my role is to continue to implement the vision of the previous Commandant and Chief of the Chemical Regiment, Brigadier General Peggy Combs. The task is both simple and complex. She articulated a clear vision; however, there are many challenges in trying to program resources to increase our capabilities over the next seven to ten years.

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Coordination from the Cloud

A New Solution Fuses Intelligence and Operations

By George Jagels

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Evermore capable, advanced, and expensive systems and software have proliferated in modern militaries. A November 2013 essay in Small Wars Journal by three Army officers, however, hit on an important paradox: Does it matter how capable a program is if it is too difficult to use? They were writing about the suite of Army Battle Command Systems, which have come under criticism from lawmakers and soldiers for their “atrocious user interface and poor, almost non-existent interoperability,” but the authors’ sentiment touches on a wider issue of managing information and the helpful but complicated array of systems on the battlefield.

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Airlift Ready: Vehicles for the V-22

Special Operations Forces (SOF) need multi-functional, mission-critical light utility vehicles capable of conducting rapid ingress/egress and modular enough to redeploy by air at a moment’s notice. The Flyer Gen II and Phantom Badger can both fit in the Osprey—making them necessary mobility pieces for SOF and the Marine Corps.

Tactical Agility, Mission Mobility

GD-OTS was awarded a contract in October 2013 by SOCOM for its non-developmental V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) program. The three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is for up to 10 vehicles, with integration and logistical support and training. The total value of the contract is $5.8 million if all options are exercised.

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GMV Moves Forward

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By Kevin Hunter

Now that disputes over the award of the Integration and Test (I&T) phase contract for Special Operations Command’s Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program are resolved, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) is readying up to nine prototype vehicles. This will allow the company to conduct design reviews and finalize configuration for the Low-Rate Initial Production phase, which is scheduled to begin in 2015, or at the end of the I&T phase. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has indicated it might purchase up to 1,500 vehicles if all options are exercised, a prospective value of $562 million.

“We’re excited to finally move forward with the GMV 1.1 program,” Colonel Joe Capobianco, Program Executive Officer-Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior told A&M. “We see this vehicle design as the material solution that will close the validated SOF-peculiar capability requirement. GMV 1.1 will be the future centerpiece of SOF ground mobility, not only for its capabilities but also for its affordability.”

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The Charlie Takes Off

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By George Jagels

As the only DoD Program of Record for unmanned vertical takeoff and landing, and one tied to a major but downsizing Navy acquisition project, the Littoral Combat Ship, the Fire Scout is under quite a bit of performance and budgetary pressure. The Navy has purchased 17 of the new MQ-8C variant, but zeroed out acquisition from 2014-2019 in its most recent budget request.

Admiral Mathias Winter, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Strike Weapons, said that his service’s budget still requests procurement funding for ground control stations (GCSs) and other essential equipment to operate the C variant. “The reason you see zero quantities in [the budget] is because with the 23 MQ-8Bs and 17 MQ-8Cs we already purchased, based on LCS deployments that is enough air vehicles for now,” he said. An LCS can hold two MQ-8Cs and an MH-60S Seahawk.

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Optimizing Healthcare for a Maritime Force

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C&CC magazine sat down with RDML Pecha in order to give readers insights into how USMC Health Services views it challenges for the present and future.

Though significantly smaller than the Army, RDML Pecha reminds us the Marine Corps is nevertheless an important expeditionary force always prepared to be sent abroad on short notice for combat operations, and as such faces its own battlefield medicine challenges. Like other services, the USMC must also address trials on the home front. To this end, the admiral also discusses the continued health and healing of garrisoned Marines and Wounded Warriors and the programs—some of which are in partnership with civilians his office is working on to improve their lives.

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