The buzz around the Marine Corps’ innovative new wargaming center continues to grow within the Department of Defense.
Earlier this year, the Marine Corps opened the Marine Corps Wargaming and Analysis Center. The 100,000 square foot facility will provide next generation technologies to help Marines better visualize the threat environment and gain competitive advantages over adversaries.
The facility will allow Marines to take advantage of modern modeling technology that mimics the future operating environment, allowing participants to develop new skills and test new concepts in a simulated and realistic setting.
“This new war games facility represents the Marine Corps’ unwavering effort to support the future Navy,” said Lt. Col. Raymond Feltham, MCSC program manager for Wargaming Capability. “The MCWAC will provide innovative capabilities that will prepare them to tackle an evolving threat. “
The dedication ceremony was an important moment for the Marine Corps.
It represented the culmination of a multi-year effort as well as a myriad of planning and research by the Marine Corps Systems Command, the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, the Directorate of Operations Analysis and the Directorate of Development. capabilities to produce an installation that influences the concepts of Force Design 2030.
However, the Marine Corps will not work alone.
The development of the new state-of-the-art facility requires the influence and expertise of several parties to realize its potential. Col. Robert Bailey, MCSC’s portfolio manager for command element systems, said the corps is seeking help from several partners, including the US Navy and industry.
The MCWAC will also provide a critical asset to the joint force and senior management that is not currently available in the National Capital Region. The location facilitates participation in wargames by joint, interagency and multinational organizations.
“It takes a village to build the Marine Corps’ next breakthrough capability – the center of wargaming and analysis.” Colonel Robert Bailey, MCSC Portfolio Manager for Command Element Systems
“The most important theme here is ‘communication,’ Bailey said. “It takes a village to build the Marine Corps’ next breakthrough capability – the center of wargaming and analysis.”
Feltham believes that collaboration between Marine Corps organizations, other departments, and industry plays a critical role in bringing this next-generation capability to the fighter.
It starts with MCSC’s Wargaming Capability Program Manager, who oversees the delivery of future wargaming capabilities to the Marine Corps. The program office will provide facility acquisition support throughout its lifecycle.
This role requires MCSC to manage the balancing and coordination of parallel schedules, stakeholder relations, staffing and capacity implementation through various integrated product teams, Feltham said.
“The program office has partnered with a number of other organizations such as the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dam Neck and the Naval Surface Warfare Center- Panama City for expert support in war games, modeling and in simulation, ”Feltham added.
The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab will lead the day-to-day operations of the facility. MCWL is the organization responsible for generating and reviewing capabilities while providing recommendations to inform force design and development activities.
“MCWL has been identified as the end user of this capability and will perform the sustainment, funding and operations functions associated with this responsibility,” said William J. Lademan, Ph.D., technical director of the MCWL’s Wargaming division.
The Capacity Development Branch will oversee the facility requirements. The role of the CDD is to inform, address and develop solutions on a wide range of critical issues affecting the Marine Corps, including how best to organize, train and equip the future Marine.
Len Blasiol, Head of Wargaming Capability Requirements at CDD, said the MCWAC will enable the organization to gain a comprehensive understanding of the capability requirements for modernization efforts associated with force development and design. .
“Through the MCWAC, the results produced by the wargames will provide the CD&I operations analysis department with a rich source of data suitable for in-depth analysis,” said Blasiol.
The US Navy will play an important role in the construction of the MCWAC. The Marine Corps is seeking assistance from several naval organizations that are subject matter experts in coordinated military construction projects.
For example, the Marine Corps Installations Command works with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command to coordinate the construction of the facility, including multi-story parking and associated site improvements and utility works.
The Naval Information Warfare Center-Atlantic will install much of the interior building components, such as the security system, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, audio-visual and teleconferencing systems, information technology systems and more. Again.
Feltham, who spoke about the benefits of the wargaming center on a recent episode of MCSC’s “Equip the Body” podcast, applauded representatives from NAVFAC and NIWC-Atlantic for their help and dedication in supporting the Navy’s critical objectives. Body.
“The Marine Corps Systems Command truly appreciates the support provided by our many partners, including the US Navy,” said Feltham. “These partnerships are important in the Marine Corps’ journey to become a deadlier naval force.”
Force Design 2030 meeting
MCSC will work with industry to provide 21st century capabilities designed to identify issues, consider goals, and scope and analyze issues. The resulting wargames will provide data and analysis to inform decisions affecting force development, force management, system functionality, and service functionality.
The Marine Corps is improving its wargaming capability by moving from its current, human-centric process that relies on subject matter expert knowledge and experience, to a hybrid, data-driven method where participants can get information faster and more accurately.
Data-driven wargames allow the Corps to achieve its long-term goals in a more measured way. The wargaming capability allows for increased data collection and consolidation, resulting in more information and lessons learned that the corps can share across the Department of Defense.
“Improving the capacity of war games will increase the visualization of the battlefield, improve the operating environments of war games and increase user loyalty,” said Bailey.
Just as flight simulators allow pilots to gain experience in a safe and controlled environment, an enhanced, data-driven wargame scenario will help Marines explore future capabilities, evaluate operational plans, and rehearse. lethal combat capabilities in a setting where mistakes aren’t fatal.
MCWAC will support at least 20 sophisticated wargames per year, including two large-scale concurrent events with up to 250 participants. These simulations and scenarios will realistically simulate war, replicating current and future scenarios for any size of force at any given time.
“This wargaming hub will also integrate elements of artificial intelligence and machine learning to amplify the precision of the decisions that determine how we organize, train and equip for future combat,” said Feltham.
The Marine Corps has placed more emphasis on more effective and efficient training and education of its force for future combat. Feltham said the MCWAC is making a significant contribution to achieving this goal and increasing battlefield readiness.
Marines can execute scenarios repeatedly while controlling specific factors. These iterations allow Marines to practice a myriad of missions and provide real-time feedback, allowing the Marine Corps to make informed assessments to validate or adjust force design decisions.
Feltham said the facility allows the Marine Corps to speed up its “learning campaign.” This concept makes it possible to identify a concept and to integrate it into live constructive wargaming experiments.
“These results produced within the MCWAC will refine the design of Force 2030 by informing the Marine Corps learning campaign in a data-driven, objective and integrated manner,” said Feltham.
The installation adheres to the vision of the Commander of the Marine Corps, General David Berger. In his planning advice, Berger stressed the importance of providing a force that is better prepared to deter conflicts within the weapons engagement area.
With Berger’s focus on advanced expeditionary base operations, MCWAC will enable Marines to prepare for a moving and evolving adversary in any location on the globe.
“From a priority perspective, this wargaming center is very important to the Marine Corps,” Bailey said. “This installation will help us visualize what the forces will look like in 2030 and beyond. “
The Marine Corps plans to open the facility in 2024 and reach full capacity in 2025.