Tag Archives: Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Marines Testing Regiment at Heart of Emerging Island-Hopping Future

Marines Testing Regiment at Heart of Emerging Island-Hopping Future

Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Radio Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group (MIG), hike during a field exercise (FEX) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on May 28, 2020. US Marine Photo

The Marine Corps is starting to form and experiment with the littoral regiment at the heart of its modern-day island-hopping strategy, the head of Marine Corps combat development told USNI News. Read More

Marine Corps Announces New Aviation, Pacific Leadership Assignments

Marine Corps Announces New Aviation, Pacific Leadership Assignments

Top row (left to right): Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, Maj. Gen. Mark Wise; Bottom row (left to right): Maj. Gen. Karsten Heckl, Maj. Gen. Dennis Crall, Maj. Gen. David Ottignon 

The Marine Corps announced a shuffle of its two- and three-star generals, with nominations of new leadership for Marines in the Pacific, the aviation community, training and education and more. Read More

Marine Planners Using Commandant's Guidance to Start Crafting Future of the Corps

Marine Planners Using Commandant’s Guidance to Start Crafting Future of the Corps

U.S. Marines with Task Force Koa Moana (TF KM) conducts a night live fire exercise during the TF KM Mission Rehearsal Exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. on July 19, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – Two months after new Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger released his commandant’s planning guidance, the Marines charged with plotting how the service will operate in the future showed a glimpse into how the new guidance is shaping their work. Read More

ANTX Tech Demonstrations Helping Refine Future Distributed Naval Operations

ANTX Tech Demonstrations Helping Refine Future Distributed Naval Operations

Advanced Naval Technologies Exercise (ANTX) WEST 2019 military and civilian participants assessed a number of emerging technologies with a specific focus on Command and Control (C2), Communications (COMMS), Kinetic and Non-Kinetic Fires (FIRES), Unmanned Systems (UxS), Counter Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (C-ISRT). US Marine Corps photo.

THE PENTAGON – The Navy and Marine Corps are using their tech experimentation series to better understand how to execute new warfighting concepts and to see how evolving gear may change those concepts. Read More

Milley, Hyten to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff; Marine Lt. Gen. Smith to Command MCCDC

Milley, Hyten to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff; Marine Lt. Gen. Smith to Command MCCDC

Current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks with Army Gen. Mark Milley, who was nominated to serve as the next chairman, during the 2018 Army Navy Game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dec. 8, 2018. US Army photo.

The Pentagon announced its nominations for the next chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the generals who will lead the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and the Joint Strike Fighter Program. Read More

New Prototype Demonstration Series Will Continue Navy, Marine Push for Rapid Capability Boosts

New Prototype Demonstration Series Will Continue Navy, Marine Push for Rapid Capability Boosts

Lance Corporal Drew Rothwell, a rifleman with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, looks at a tablet that has been enhanced with Beartooth radio, test new communication capabilities with a digital radio that pairs with mobile devices to send encrypted short bursts of data via long ranges without reliance on infrastructure, during the Urban Advanced Technologies Exercise 2018 (ANTX18), March 22, 2018. Urban ANTX18 is an innovative approach to concept of operations and capability development that integrates engineers, technologists and operators into a dynamic development team. US Marine Corps Photo

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The Navy and Marine Corps will build upon the successes of previous technology demonstration exercises by hosting a series of “Fight the Naval Force Forward” exercises in late 2018 and early 2019 to work with prototypes that could aid future amphibious operations. Read More

Marines Ready to Begin LAV Replacement After Talks With Industry on Next-Gen Capabilities

Marines Ready to Begin LAV Replacement After Talks With Industry on Next-Gen Capabilities

A vehicle commander with 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance Regiment uses binoculars to observe targets for a TOW missile launcher in 2017. US Marine Corps Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif — The Marine Corps is finally ready to pursue a Light Armored Vehicle replacement after a couple years of not seeing the right next-generation ideas. Read More

Marine Aviation, Weapons Upgrades Would Support Advance Base Operations

Marine Aviation, Weapons Upgrades Would Support Advance Base Operations

An AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) as part of the air wing including F-35B Lightning II aircrafts on Nov. 17, 2016. US Navy Photo

An AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopter assigned to Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) as part of the air wing including F-35B Lightning II aircrafts on Nov. 17, 2016. US Navy Photo

A future naval campaign against an enemy armed with long-range precision weapons will require the Navy and Marine Corps to disaggregate, creating temporal sea and air control with small units that can move from the sea to the shore and back again to meet an objective and then move on to the next task. Read More

Navy, Marine Corps Considering Adding Vertical Launch System to San Antonio Amphibs

Navy, Marine Corps Considering Adding Vertical Launch System to San Antonio Amphibs

2003 Artist's concept of the San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock ships firing a missile from a vertical launch system in the ship's bow. US Navy Image

2003 Artist’s concept of the San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock ships firing a missile from a vertical launch system in the ship’s bow. US Navy Image

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Navy and the Marine Corps are studying installing a vertical launch system in its San Antonio class of amphibious warships that would allow the ships to field larger offensive missiles, service officials told USNI News this week. Read More

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Board Recommends Further Use Of Autonomy In Sea Control, Support Of Ground Troops

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

Aerographer’s Mate 2nd Class Robert Carlson, left, and Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Melvin Lankford, assigned to Commander, Task Group 56.1, deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish to survey the ocean floor during the International Mine Countermeasure Exercise (IMCMEX) in the Gulf of Oman on November 4, 2014. US Navy photo.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps should advance the way they use unmanned systems, favoring greater autonomy over remotely-controlled missions and developing multi-vehicle systems such as swarms and cascaded operations, according to a recently released report by the Defense Science Board. Read More