Military Capabilities

MD5 providing Adaptive Threat Force for USMC

06 February 2018

Key Points

  • MD5 will enhance future MCWL/FD experimentation
  • The efforts will challenge how a MAGTAF fights

To better prepare the US Marine Corps (USMC) for future battles, the service is teaming with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to be a sparring partner to represent a real-world adversary.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory’s (MCWL) Futures Directorate (FD) and MD5, a DoD national security technology accelerator, signed a memorandum of agreement to support the Adaptive Threat Force Cadre to enhance future experimentation.

The memorandum is effective immediately and will remain in effect for two years.

MCWL had done an experiment where they created an Adaptive Strike Force, putting marines in different situations and asking them, with all these tools available how would they organise to exploit the strengths and weaknesses of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTAF).

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