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U.S. Marine Corps C-UAS Program Kicks off U.S. Production

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

MADIS production moves to Kongsberg’s world-class RWS facility in Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – May 23, 2021 – Production of the Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) Remote Weapon Station (RWS) has successfully moved from Kongsberg, Norway to Kongsberg Protech Systems USA in Johnstown, Penn. with the inaugural system completing assembly and testing in March. Additional systems are also being built for MADIS as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) modernization effort.

“Kongsberg’s Johnstown facility consistently yields remote weapon station manufacturing excellence, having produced more than 20,000 systems over the last 15 years. Our highly trained and skilled staff partnered with engineers and staff from Norway to successfully transition the production of all MADIS RWS to the Pennsylvania facility as part of our schedule and contract with the U.S. Marine Corps,” said Jason Toepfer, project manager, MADIS RWS, Kongsberg Protech Systems. “The successful build of this inaugural system exemplifies our rigorous processes, joining the 5 prototype and test assets we’ve produced for the Marine Corps in Norway. This also kicks off MADIS RWS production here in the U.S., a move that allows us to better support this customer and deliver this critical lethality enhancement.”

The KONGSBERG RS6 RWS for MADIS RWS includes the XM914E1 30mmx113mm percussion-primed cannon with a co-axial M240C (7.62mm) machine gun, an integration kit for the STINGER Air-To-Air Launcher (ATAL) and provisions for future C-UAS defeat systems. MADIS is part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ plan to upgrade their two active Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) battalions. The first 30mm remote weapon system to be qualified on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle platform (JLTV), MADIS RWS mounts on JLTVs and fights as a complimentary pair, designated as Mk1 and Mk2. The MADIS Mk1 features STINGER missiles, and neutralizes fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Mk2 fulfills the Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) mission requirement, while also providing radar and command-and-control for the pair.

The U.S. Marine Corps awarded Kongsberg the indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity other transaction authority (OTA) production contract in Sept. 2021. It has a ceiling of $94 million and includes a series of Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) systems, full-rate production units, spares and training. This production contract award followed a Sept. 2020 OTA contract award from the USMC to KONGSBERG for test articles and activities, which included Design Verification Testing (DVT), after a competitive process.

The KONGSBERG RS6 RWS for MADIS leverages technology and competence drawn from multiple counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) and air defense programs. The system leverages commonality with the family of PROTECTOR RWS delivered and fielded with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: USMC GEN III Flotation Cummerbund

Friday, May 20th, 2022

Life-Saving Flotation System For American Warfighters.

Recently showcased at Modern Day Marine May 10-12, 2022 (Pictured above is the current USMC PC GEN III with existing issued cummerbund on the right side, as worn, and the FirstSpear USMC GEN III Flotation Cummerbund on the left.

The USMC GEN III Flotation Cummerbund is FirstSpear’s answer to the United States Marine Corps need for life-saving kit during maritime operations.

This cummerbund features a 6/12™ Laser Fused Platform for weight reduction and Tubes® Fasteners, which are already being used on the current USMC PC GEN III. Tubes® Fasteners allow for easy everyday donning and doffing as well as emergencies.

Featuring a top access panel, the cummerbund allows users easy access to the 38 gram CO2 cartridge for pre-mission checks and inspection. The CTAF (Cummerbund Tactical Aid to Flotation) is designed to be user friendly with repacking and maintenance at the unit level.

Authorized for Naval Use (ANU), this CTAF (Cummerbund Tactical Aid to Flotation) is on contract with DOD. Compatible with all sizes of the USMC GEN III plate carrier, the cummerbund fits 6” x 8” and 6” x 6” sides plates and requires no modifications to the current USMC PC GEN III.

Check out FirstSpear for more cutting-edge innovation.

MDM 22 – Gentex USMC Integrated Helmet System Candidate

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Gentex is displaying their candidate for the Marine Corps’ Integrated Helmet System program.

A true system, they offer a scalable approach with a high cut ECH level protection helmet but at 12% lighter than the current helmet. To this bolt-less shell is added ARC rails and modular bungee shroud. It will also accommodate AMP headset with rail arms.

This baseline configuration can be further upgraded to the RAILINK, a powered system we’ll discuss in-depth during next week’s SOFIC.

Currently under evaluation by the USMC.

Marine Corps Snipers Test New Rifle

Friday, May 6th, 2022

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – Marine Corps snipers will soon be equipped with a longer-range, more versatile rifle designed to increase lethality and establish threat overmatch on the battlefield in support of Force Design 2030.

Selected through a joint effort between Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, and U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the Mk22 Mod 0 Advanced Sniper Rifle is a bolt action, precision rifle system. It incorporates the caliber agnostic 7×35 power Precision Day Optic and is fed from a 10-round detachable magazine.

The Mk22 incorporates a caliber-agnostic flash and sound suppressor. It allows users to customize the weapon to fit individual mission needs such as changing barrels and ammunition calibers at the operator level.

The Mk22 will replace all legacy M40A6 and Mk13 Mod 7 rifles, reducing the sniper rifle inventory from four to three, said Infantry Weapons Program Manager Nick Berger. The option provided by the Mk22 to switch barrels will give Marines the ability to configure the rifle to fire either the .338 Norma Magnum or .300 NM caliber rounds.

The new 7×35 PDO also provides greater magnification and observation capabilities over the currently fielded 5×25 optic, said Sgt. Christopher Frazier, a Marksmanship Instructor with Scout Sniper Instructor School and liaison to Marine Corps Systems Command.

Frazier said the increased range provided by the Mk22 and accompanying PDO will give snipers greater standoff distance from their targets, allowing greater survivability.

The Marine Corps’ investment in the Mk22 to replace legacy equipment makes Marine snipers more lethal and provides increased flexibility.  Lightening the load for Marines, the Mk22 is an ideal addition to sniper arsenals to support Littoral Operations in Contested Environments and Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations.

“Instead of having to learn multiple weapon systems, we just have one,” said Staff Sgt. Cruz Nuanez, a Scout Sniper Instructor with the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East.

Nuanez said, reducing the number of rifles to learn about helps Marines better hone their skills. Reduced training requirements also allow Marines more time to focus on crucial tasks such as the interoperability of the different barrels, bolt faces, and the ballistic calculations between each caliber.

Sustainability

While the Mk22 rifle is heavier than the Mk13 and the M40A6, the consensus from test shooters was cutting down to one rifle has significant tactical and logistical advantages when carrying out missions.

Force Design 2030 places emphasis on the need for stand in forces to be frugal with logistics requirements, particularly inside enemy weapons engagement zones. The Mk22 provides the Marine Corps sniper community with a reduced logistical footprint.

“It’s definitely more efficient,” said Frazier. “Rather than putting one gun away and getting the next gun out, we can quickly change the barrels, and then we only have to carry ammunition and that extra barrel, not an entire extra gun and extra magazines.”

Mk22 kits will come with upgraded optics and advanced suppressors. In addition, the kits will include items like the visual augmentation systems and a one-time issue of a .300 Winchester Magnum barrel to ensure a smooth transition between current missions and training requirements, said Berger. Some Mk22 kits will come with a sniper-shooting tripod and laser filter.

Refining the system with instructor feedback

To ensure the new system fits the needs of Marine Corps snipers, MCSC held an integration assessment range aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The program office invited instructors from all three Marine Scout Sniper schools and MARSOC, to test the new rifle, optics, suppressors, tripods, and other accessories for the Mk22.

While this is not a typical step in the process, Berger viewed the event as an opportunity for the participants to provide input before fielding.

“This event is a bit unusual for a program to do at this point,” Berger said. “However, it is important for us to make sure the sniper community has what it needs to be successful, and the timing of this event allows us to identify issues before fielding and to correct as necessary.”

During the integration assessment, shooters, project managers and support staff took detailed notes for data collection and refinement needs. Shooters kept logs detailing how the rifle handled with each barrel and caliber of ammunition. Data was also collected from chronographs, a tool that measures the round’s velocity as it leaves the barrel. Combined, the collected information will be utilized for making any alterations to the kits prior to dissemination.

Early feedback is positive for both the new gear and the ability to transition schoolhouse instruction to the new system seamlessly. Nuanez said course qualifications will remain the same and sniper students will be able to pick up on the new requirements easily.

“They are very user-friendly.  It comes with all the tools you need and the tools are also user-friendly,” Nuanez explained. “Taking the barrels off and putting them back on, as well as the bolt faces- there should be no issue.”

Additional firing tests are scheduled through the end of the calendar year, with initial fielding slated for fiscal year 2023.

– MARCORSYSCOM PAO

Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Experiment with Twenty-First Century Foraging Concepts

Friday, April 8th, 2022

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii —

U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division experimented Twenty-First Century Foraging concepts during Spartan Fury 22.1 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, March 2022.

Twenty-First Century Foraging concepts enable commanders to extend and enhance operational rations for a period without needing outside logistics support. “It is imperative that the Marine Corps logistics functions continue to adapt to force design and the future warfighting concepts. That includes reducing our logistical footprint,” said Lt. Col. Richard Neikirk, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 12th Marines.

During the exercise, individual Marines procured dry goods and fresh produce from local suppliers utilizing cash 1105 funds. The Marines were able to find and purchase eggs, sausage, bacon, chicken, rice, and canned vegetables. The food was brought back to the training area where the Marines experimented with various field cooking methods.

 “It is imperative that the Marine Corps logistics functions continue to adapt to force design and the future warfighting concepts. That includes reducing our logistical footprint”

 Lt. Col. Richard Neikirk, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines commanding officer

The Marines used lightweight, expeditionary, non-organic food service equipment such as individual cooking stoves, volcano grills, and the Expeditionary Food Service Trailer that is currently being developed by the Fort Lee Instructor staff. This equipment is designed to be sustainable for long durations in austere environments and will be employed by the lowest level of any unit and in any environment.

The food was able to feed the battery for three days with two cooked meals a day. The warm meals were a welcomed change from the self-contained, individual field rations that are typically consumed in the field. By cooking and procuring food, the battery proved that it could sustain itself without outside support for a duration of time. Limiting the need for outside logistics support enhances a unit’s ability to be adaptable, mobile, and lethal.

The experimentation allowed the Food Service Specialist accompanied by the Marines in the battery to exercise foraging concepts in a CONUS training environment. “This trial period allowed the Fort Lee Instructor staff to gain real life data and procedural analysis,” said Capt. Norman Bunch, operations officer at Marine Detachment Fort Lee.

The data collected during Spartan Fury 22.1 will be used to develop future training and readiness standards as well as the future periods of instruction for Entry Level, Non-Commissioned Officer, and Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Courses.

By Staff Sgt. Olivia Knapp

USMC Releases 219 & 220 Uniform Board Results

Friday, March 25th, 2022

The US Marine Corps released the finding of Uniform Boards 219 and 220 with this MARADMIN message. It also updates Maternity uniform initiatives.

R 231339Z MAR 22
MARADMIN 134/22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/UNIFORM BOARD 219 AND 220 RESULTS AND MATERNITY UNIFORM DEVELOPMENT UPDATE//
REF/A/DOC/MCUB/1 MAY 2018//
REF/B/CMC DECISION MEMORANDUM 7 JAN 2020/NOTAL//
NARR/REF A IS MCO 1020.34H MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS/REF B IS THE CMC DECISION MEMO REGARDING MATERITY UNIFORM UPGRADES//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  Several decisions were rendered for uniform boards 219 and 220 by the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC), on 3 February 2022.  As a result of the below decisions, new text to reference (a) will be available immediately on the Marine Corps uniform board website, https:(slash)(slash)hqmc.usmc.afpims.mil/agencies/marine-corps-uniform-board/, and will be published as change 1.
1A.  Manicures for female Marines.  Clear fingernail polish and nude fingernail polish that resembles the wearer’s skin tone and covers the whole nail, as well as manicures that mimic the natural nail (e.g., French and ombre manicures) are authorized for wear in all uniforms.  All other fingernail polish regulations detailed in reference a, paragraph 1004.7.B.2.a remain in effect.
1B.  Special characters on Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) nametapes. Special characters (i.e., apostrophes, accent marks, tildes and hyphens) are authorized for wear on MCCUU nametapes, as the space on the tape allows (the width of the tape and the minimum font size detailed in reference a, paragraph 3033 remain the same).
1C.  Supplemental clothing allowance for enlisted personnel assigned to Tactical Training Exercise Control Group, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command is approved and includes 2 BLOUSE, MCCUU, WOODLAND WITH NAME / SERVICE TAPES, 2 TROUSERS, MCCUU, WOODLAND, and 1 MARINE CORPS COMBAT BOOTS, HOT WEATHER, PR.  Per MCO 4400.201, v13 officers are not eligible for supplemental allowances.
1D.  “Edging up” male hairline.  “Edging up” undesirable hair that extends beyond/below the natural hairline is authorized (e.g., remove a “widow’s peak,” or remove excessive hair on forehead so it provides a neat line), as long as it provides a neat, professional, and natural appearance.
1E.  Bulk of hair limitations.  The bulk of hair limitations for all Marines is extended from 2 to 3 inches.
1F.  Optional helmet caps.  Optional (commercial) black, olive drab, MARPAT and coyote helmet caps (also known as helmet caps or helmet liners) may be worn underneath the helmet and may be worn as an outer garment for short periods when the helmet is removed, per the Commander’s discretion.  The helmet cap will not be worn in lieu of the MCCUU caps.
1G.  Boot socks.  Optional olive drab or black cushion socks may be worn with the MCCUU.
2.  Maternity uniforms.  Per reference b, CMC rendered several decisions on updating current maternity uniforms and developing additional items for optional purchase or inclusion in the maternity uniform supplemental allowance.  The below items are now available for purchase and / or issue (unless otherwise noted).
2.A.  Adjustable side tabs on the maternity tunic:  tabbed items are already in circulation and are available at MCX / MCCS.  Non-tab items are still authorized for issue and wear.  Selection will vary by location until all non-tabbed items are sold out.
2.B.  Adjustable side tabs on maternity short and long sleeve shirts:  tabbed items already in circulation and available at MCX / MCCS.  Non-tab items are still authorized for issue and wear.  Selection will vary by location until all non-tabbed items are sold out.
2.C.  The Maternity undershirt is certified and available for purchase.  Beginning in Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), when the maternity uniform allowance is issued, the Marine will receive a supplemental cash allowance for the purchase of two shirts.  The maternity undershirt is authorized for wear in the same manner as the standard olive drab undershirt.  Additional details were published in the FY22 MCBul 10120.
2.D.  The Nursing undershirt is certified and available for optional purchase.  Only certified nursing shirts will be worn with the uniform effective immediately.  The shirt is an undergarment and will not be worn as an outer garment.
2.E.  Dress blue skirt.  In development, tentatively available FY23.  Fielding information to be published via SEPCOR.
2.F.  Dress blue slacks.  In development, tentatively available FY23.  Fielding information to be published via SEPCOR.
2.G.  Maternity physical training (PT) shorts.  In development, tentatively available FY23.  Fielding information to be published via SEPCOR.
3.  The point of contact is XXXXX.
4.  Release authorized by LtGen K. M. Iiams, Commanding General, Training and Education Command.//

Marine Corps Establishes 17XX Information Maneuver Occupational Field

Monday, March 14th, 2022

ARLINGTON, Va. —

The 17XX Cyberspace Operations occupational field is redesignated as the 17XX Information Maneuver OCCFLD today.

The Deputy Commandant for Information directed the consolidation of Operations in the Information Environment military occupational specialties into one OCCFLD resulting in the redesignation.

Aligned with Talent Management modernization, the 17XX IM OCCFLD formally manages the career path of Marines with highly specialized training required for space, electromagnetic spectrum operations, cyber warfare, civil affairs, and psychological operations.

“The Information Maneuver OCCFLD provides Marines the opportunity to continue doing what they are passionate about,” stated Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy, Deputy Commandant for Information. “When you put people first and provide them the opportunity to pursue a career they are passionate about, they give back tenfold to the team and our mission of gaining advantage in the IE.”

The 17XX IM OCCFLD provides the Marine Corps with a deliberate, professionalized, and sustainable workforce enabling the Marine Corps to integrate information related capabilities, operationalizing information as the Marine Corps seventh warfighting function.

“Prior to the established of the Information Maneuver OCCFLD, Marines gained valuable experience and skills at a Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group or at combatant commands only to go back to their previous MOS causing us to repeat the cycle again, never getting Marines with more than three years of experience across information related billets,” stated Col. Jordan Walzer, Director, Information Maneuver Division, DC I and former CO, II MIG, II MEF. “The professionalization of information related MOSs improves retention and readiness by avoiding Marines with valuable skills forced into deciding either to return to their prior MOS or exit the Marine Corps to continue following their passion.”

DC I developed the plan for 17XX professionalization in close coordination with Total Force Structure Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs and Training and Education Command to facilitate the implementation of the 17XX Professionalization Plan.

In addition to preexisting primarily MOSs across cyber, civil affairs, and PSYOP OCCFLDs, the newly established IM OCCFLD will transition existing structure of multiple Free Military Occupational Specialties to create four new Primary MOSs.

Enlisted
PMOS Name Grades
1751 Influence Specialist Sgt. – Gunnery Sgt.
1795 Influence Chief Master Sgt. – Master Gunnery Sgt.
Officer (Unrestricted)
PMOS Name Grades
1706 Maritime Space Officer Capt. – Lt. Col.
1707 Influence Officer 2nd Lt. – Lt. Col.

“The professionalization of information related MOSs improves retention and readiness…”

Col Jordan Walzer, Information Maneuver Division director

The fulfillment of required Marines for these PMOS will take place from the current fiscal year through FY31. Fulfillment of required Marines in above stated PMOSs will occur from both direct accessions and lateral moves. Previous billets identified by PMOS 0521 PSYOP Specialist, 0531 Civil Affairs Non-Commissioned Officer, and 0551 Information Operations Specialist will consolidate to a single PMOS of 1751 Influence Specialist and those Marines will promote to 1795 Influence Chief.

A future MARADMIN will contain information regarding 0521 transition of Active Component Marines with the PMOS of 0521. No action is required by the individual Marine. M&RA, in conjunction with DC I, will review the population and Marines will be re-designated to their new PMOS Oct 1, 2022.

Future MARADMINs related to the IM OCCFLD will solicit unrestricted officer applications for lateral move into the newly established PMOS 1706 Maritime Space Officer and 1707 Influence Officer.

A complete list of Information Maneuver OCCFLD PMOS are provided below:

PMOS Name Grade
1702 Cyberspace Warfare Officer 2nd Lt. – Lt. Col.
1705 Cyberspace Warfare Development Officer Capt. – Lt. Col. 
1706 Maritime Space Officer Capt. – Lt. Col.
1707 Influence Officer 2nd Lt. – Lt. Col.
1710 Offensive Cyberspace Warfare Officer Warrant Officer – Chief Warrant Officer 5
1720 Defensive Cyberspace Weapons Officer Warrant Officer – Chief Warrant Officer 5
1721 Cyberspace Warfare Operator Pvt. – Gunnery Sgt.
1751 Influence Specialist Sgt. – Gunnery Sgt.
1795 Influence Chief Master Sgt. – Master Gunnery Sgt.
1799 Cyberspace Operations Chief Master Sgt. – Master Gunnery Sgt.

IM OCCFLD representatives will conduct a roadshow in April to answer questions from Marines interested in the new OCCFLD. A future MARADMIN will announce dates and times of IM OCCFLD briefs executed at bases and stations across the Marines Corps.

“Marines interested in future IM OCCFLD opportunities are invited to attend upcoming roadshow briefs,” stated Maj. Audrey F. Callanan, IM OCCFLD Manager, IMD. “For additional information on future opportunities, Marines are also encourages to contact their monitor or career counselor.”

Additional details regarding the 17XX IM OCCFLD are available via MARADMIN Number 102/22.

MARADMIN Number 102/22: www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/2958811/establishment-of-the-information-maneuver-1700-occupational-field

By Maj Gregory Carroll

Deputy Commandant of Information

USAF Distributed Mission Operations Center Brings Winter Fury to INDOPACOM

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

The 705th Combat Training Squadron, also known as the Distributed Mission Operations Center, completed the second successful iteration of its “Fury” exercises in partnership with the 3rd Marine Air Wing. The DMOC developed the virtual scenarios for both Summer and Winter Fury exercises focused in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility in partnership with the Marine Air Control Group-38.

WF 22, a joint distributed exercise, executed from Marine Corps Air Stations Yuma and Miramar operated at Kirtland Air Force Base, San Clemente Island, and other locations along the West Coast, concluded mid-February.

“The challenge to solve the time-distance factor unique to this theater is daunting; yet the MACG-38 planners continue to develop and refine nascent concepts of combining the USMC Tactical Air Operations Center and Direct Air Support Center into a new tactical C2 node – the Multifunction Air Operations Center,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lindsay Post, 705th CTS commander.

Post continued, while it is clear any large-scale conflict in this AOR requires the delegation of operational C2 authorities, most live exercises are not ideal places to practice these advanced concepts.  Since SF and WF exercises include a combination of virtual- and real-training evolutions, they allow commanders to enact the delegation of operational C2 authorities traditionally held at the Air Operations Center and the Tactical Air Command Center to tactical C2 agencies.

“The DMOC is the perfect place to get in the reps to learn how to make decisions in a communication degraded and denied environment because there is little to no risk if you make mistakes.” said USAF Lt. Col. Michael Butler, 705th CTS director of operations. “Enabling mission continuation and accomplishment in the absence of robust communication between C2 entities is inevitable in areas of operation such as INDOPACOM.”

WF 22 was focused on the continuation of tactics, techniques, and procedures development and experimentation for the USMC TAOC and DASC to merge into one tactical C2 unit.  MACG-38, the C2 organization inside of the 3rd MAW, was designated by the USMC Air Board as the lead for MAOC experimentation and development based on the “Fury” exercises at the DMOC.  

The USMC intends to make the MAOC the primary tactical C2 node for the air domain in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. This concept was briefed at the Weapons and Tactics Conference, or WEPTAC, and is sparking USAF tacticians to use the DMOC for concept development.  

“The DMOC is bridging the multi-function C2 gap and bringing the best the brightest from the Marine Corps and Air Force together.  We identified many opportunities to integrate Marine Corps and Air Force TAC [tactical] C2 that will ultimately help us succeed in potential peer fight in the Pacific,” said USMC Capt. Kevin Cao, USMC Winter Fury 22 MACG-38 Virtual Officer-In-Charge, USMC Base Camp Pendleton, California.  “This is vital as we seek training opportunities where there is little risk to mission or force and it is enabling us to experiment and advance Force Design 2030 initiatives.” 

According to Butler, elements of the USMC and U.S. Navy used this scenario as a proof of concept, so they did not always operate within established service doctrine, capitalizing on the virtual battlespace and what the DMOC offers warfighters.

“We can generate the scenarios and connect the right players virtually to put decision makers at any level in situations that these theaters will demand. Get the sets and reps in here, make mistakes, try new concepts/tactics, fail and keep failing until we get it right; before they have to do it in an operational environment where it counts,” said Post.

Virtual SF and WF exercise virtual participants consisted of E-3, E-8, RC-135, MH-60R, P-8, F-18, MQ-9, Distributed Ground System, space, cyber and multiple MAOCs were distributed and looked more like real combat using the DMOC’s tools and vast network infrastructure.  The extensive array of joint participants and capabilities was a true representation that stressed the C2 relationship/authorities between the supported commander and supporting commanders.

“The model that the Marine Corps is using for developing TTPs for tac [tactical] C2 in the air domain is invaluable and one that the Air Force could also leverage. We are iterating rapidly and refining concepts quickly, not by tabletop exercises or conferences, but rather by doing,” said USMC Lt. Col. Robert Rogers, 505th Training Squadron Marine Liaison Officer”

Rogers continued, “Exercises like Winter Fury allow the Marine Corps to quickly refine developing concepts and TTPs by actually executing them in a scenario and learning what works and what doesn’t work, as opposed simply hosting conferences or seminars. I believe the Air Force, as well as our other sister services, would benefit from leveraging this same model.”

Kirtland’s DMOC provided the Marines of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing with realistic, relevant training opportunities necessary to respond to any crisis across the globe and win decisively in a highly contested, maritime conflict.

“The DMOC is the USAF’s most agile and low-cost warfighting environment and we’re using this opportunity to experiment with new concepts and procedures associated with JADC2 [Joint All-Domain Command and Control],” said USAF Col. Aaron Gibney, 505th Combat Training Group commander, Nellis AFB, Nevada. “The DMOC has established access and connections to the space, air, cyber, maritime, and land domains in the virtual world, and all it takes is a commitment to begin to work out what a true joint/allied C2 capability would look like in a distributed environment at the tactical level–the ability to focus on this problem set is what sets the DMOC apart.”

The 705th CTS reports to the 505th Combat Training Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada, and the 505th Command and Control Wing, headquartered at Hurlburt Field, Florida

By Deb Henley

505th Command and Control Wing

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