Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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lighter than conventional brass ammunition. We are also looking at exoskeleton technology and robotics that have the potential to reduce the combat load on our Marines. There is no one technological solution to lightening the load for our Marines, but there are multiple evolving capabilities that have great promise. A&M: From a lift and distribution perspective, in what ways I&L is facilitating improvements to legacy and implementing newer technology-driven solutions. Lt. Gen. Dana: In order to reduce and maximize operational lift and tactical distribution requirements, we believe there are four major actions required. First, forward operating bases - all of them - need to be expeditionary. No Burger Kings. Second, we are working with industry to make current equipment as fuel efficient as possible. Rolling stock and generators could be networked and monitored to increase their fuel efficiency and use. Third, unmanned platforms have the potential to greatly enhance tactical distribution in the air, on land, and sea. We are working with the Army on the Picatanny (flying) pallet carrier, while also exploring the continued use of the KMAX UAS that saw great success in Afghanistan. We are working with the Navy on submersible drones that can be cached on the bottom of the littoral ocean floor and then brought to the surface for a resupply mission. We are reaching out to the Army on their unmanned ground vehicle efforts, which will change the nature and capability of once manned resupply convoys. Lastly, based on our experience in Afghanistan, we are exploring ways to better account for and track how we move people and things around the battle-space by air. We did not provide our aviation team the needed visibility of where cargo and people were, and as a result, we burned through valuable flight hours. A&M: From a modernizing supply and maintenance perspective, how is your office leading efforts to bring better processes online and up to speed? Lt. Gen. Dana: We have three ongoing efforts to modernize supply and maintenance in the Marine Corps. First, we are working very hard to bring GCSS-MC to its full fielding potential. We have made important gains in GCSS-MC, but network improvements, wireless access, and inter-operability with other logistics databases are required. Second, and most promising, is the introduction of 3D printing /Additive Manufacturing. This technology has great potential, tempered by production time and materiel challenges. We see a future where the very nature of the supply chain is disrupted in a positive way. We envision a flattened supply chain with 3D capability arrayed in key forward operational and tactical locations, ready to manufacture "good enough" parts for emergent readiness requirements. Third is the resurgence of a previous Marine Corps effort to achieve "Sense and Respond" logistics. We are partnering with industry to monitor our vehicle fleet at our Motor Transport School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. This effort seeks an ability to create aviation-like predictive maintenance capability with our ground equipment set. If we can receive "notification" that a major component (engine, transmission, etc) will fail on a vehicle, we will save many man hours in recovery and maintenance costs while enhancing the responsiveness of the supply chain. A&M: Please speak to any other challenges I&L is addressing going forward. Lt. Gen. Dana: We have a great I&L team responsible for the management of a $3.8 Billion annual portfolio of programs, systems, and projects in support of Marines and their military equipment and supplies valued at over $30 Billion and real property valued at over $70 Billion. We are focused on providing Marines the finest support possible in garrison and in combat. To achieve that, we are very focused on innovation. Technology is evolving at a dynamic pace and we are doing our best to capitalize on the efficiencies and effectiveness that new technology can provide. At our bases and stations, we are looking to increase the use of renewable energy and to adopt "smart city" like technology. We are even looking at different ways to provide on-base transportation and services. As mentioned, we are also pursuing unmanned platforms, 3D printing, and predictive maintenance. Fortunately, there are many exciting opportunities available today to improve logistics support across the Marine Corps and we are aggressively implementing. Most important are the tremendous logistics of Marines and civilian Marines serving today. They tirelessly work and always provide tremendous support. To realize the future we seek, the continued professional development of the I&L team is essential. We must enhance the training and education available for logisticians today. Virtual reality and augmented reality are exciting new capabilities that are more interactive and user friendly. Expanding the use of modern interactive training tools has great potential. REGISTER TODAY at thedefenseshow.org UNMANNED SYSTEMS DEFENSE is an inclusive forum, bringing together industry, defense and government program managers, decision makers and technology experts for three intensive days of information sharing and networking. Each day is dedicated to a specific domain — maritime, air and ground — and includes panel discussions, in-depth presentations and networking opportunities. OCTOBER 25-27, 2016 The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City | Arlington, Virginia, USA LOGISTICS: USMC EXPEDITIONARY OPS www.tacticaldefensemedia.com September/October 2016 | Armor & Mobility | 39

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