Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Launches Experiments in Pearl Harbor

Story Number: NNS100702-21Release Date: 7/2/2010 1:04:00 PM
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By Gina DiNicolo, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab will culminate its enhanced company operations experiment series July 11-14 in Pearl Harbor.

With the experiment, the lab will look at the future of maneuver warfare.

By using a reinforced company landing team (CLT), which is a conceptual organization under examination by the lab, they will conduct a ship-to-objective maneuver via air and surface craft from a ship over the horizon. The experiment will take place in Pearl Harbor during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 multinational exercise.

For more than four days, lab observer-controllers will document how the CLT maneuvers over an area typically given to a much larger Marine battalion.

Testing will be conducted to determine how over-the-horizon movement will affect areas like logistics support and command and control of units ashore from a sea base up to 100 miles away. The lab hopes to determine if the CLT can meet the commandant of the Marine Corps' vision of the Marine Corps in 2025.

The Marines will test technological innovations throughout the experiment. The ground unmanned support surrogate (GUSS) will support the logistic needs of small units with autonomous and semi-autonomous robotics, maneuvering in the "follow-me" mode by staying close to the unit while not interfering with its maneuvering capability.

The largest challenge in the experiment will be communications. Marines will put a visionary communications system to the test that links the CLT ashore with the sea-based headquarters aboard ship while it is over the horizon.

One system, Trellisware, puts a radio in the hands of each Marine. This self-forming and self-healing networked system allows Marines to create dynamic networks that adapt to terrain masking.

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