Marine Corps: Participation in RPED, and Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL
) * U.S.
military sales for Remote Diagnostic Technologies, visited Camp Pendleton during the testing to work with MCWL
and the Field Medical Training Battalion corpsmen to demonstrate the Tempus Pro's capabilities and discuss possible improvements.
Representatives from MCWL, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the Robotic Systems Joint Project Office and other agencies were also in attendance.
The event followed MCWL's successful Enhanced MAGTF Operations (EMO) Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) 2.2, in which the TerraMax system and other technologies under development for future missions were evaluated with a focus on defining tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to successfully employ unmanned ground systems and logistic demand reduction technologies.
Through the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise Robotics Technology Consortium, Oshkosh Defense and the National Robotics Engineering Center worked closely with MCWL and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division to develop and integrate the TerraMax UGV technology for the Cargo UGV project.
Wise, commanding general, MCWL
. The concerted efforts being made to better define autonomous robotic capabilities that help (lighten the load) provide greater mobility and agility to dismounted Marine and U.S.
In February 2005, MCWL announced the creation of Project Combat Hunter.
To develop and test Combat Hunter, MCWL assembled what was described as "a carefully selected combination of world-renowned big-game hunters, dangerous-game guides, man trackers, experienced police detectives, seasoned infantry trainers from the Marine ranks and human performance engineers." A series of tests demonstrated that Combat Hunter produced better results than just a man-tracking training program or the normal Marine Corps training program.
The USMC claims that these exercises are intended to insert Marines into distant trouble spots like Somalia, but the photographs in Urban Warrior's strategic documents (which have since been removed from the MCWL website) show cities much closer to home -- Seattle, Miami, San Diego, New York City and San Francisco.
The following quotes are from the UW Conceptual Experimental Framework (a document that has since been removed from the MCWL website).
The Expeditionary Warrior event was "different from other programs," said Frank Jordan, director of war gaming at MCWL
Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL
)--Chartered under MCCDC to improve naval expeditionary warfighting capabilities across the spectrum of conflict for current and future operating forces.