Warfighting Lab General to Talk Latest Sea-Based Operational Capabilities in Support of the Warfighter

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By Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory–PEARL HARBOR – Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory Commander, Brig. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, will talk with media July 13, 10:00-11:00 a.m. He will discuss the Hawaii-based experiment (to include experimental technologies) aligned with the Corps’ “Vision 2025”, a concept that could change the way Marines fight. The event will take place on Ford Island in the lab’s command tents located between the observation tower and theater building on Hornet Avenue.

The Enhanced Company Operations Limited Objective Experiment 4 is based on the 1997 Ship-to-Objective Maneuver concept. The experimental company landing team moves from over-the-horizon by air and surface craft from USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), a ship active in this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.


Aside from maneuver warfare, the lab is testing a number of technical innovations in communication and logistics. The robotic and autonomous Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, or “GUSS”, will support the logistical needs of small units maneuvering in the “follow-me” mode: staying close to the unit, while not interfering with its maneuver capability. An advanced communications suite puts a radio in the hands of each Marine, allowing Marines to create effective on-the-move and over-the-horizon command and control networks in any environment.

RIMPAC 2010, which represents 14 nations, 32 ships, over 170 aircraft and more than 20,000 personnel, provides a real-world venue for the lab’s look at enhanced company operations and its efforts in networked communications and unmanned ground technologies.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Lab, based in Quantico, Va., is the only one of its kind in the Corps, and it works to serve Marines by performing concept-based experiments to better support the warfighter.

For more information please contact Vic Lopez: (571) 332-4190, (571) 220-4330; or
Gina DiNicolo: (410) 570-9303.