2003 Assessment of the Office of Naval Research's Marine by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Naval Studies Board, Committee for the Review of ONR's Marine Corps Science and Technology Program

The place of work of Naval learn (ONR) money examine throughout a huge diversity of clinical and engineering disciplines in aid of the army and Marine Corps. to make sure that its investments are serving these ends and are of top quality, ONR calls for each one of its departments to suffer annual evaluation. in view that 1999, the Naval Expeditionary war division of ONR has asked that the NRC behavior those studies. This document provides the result of the second one evaluation of the Marine Corps technological know-how and expertise application. the 1st evaluation used to be carried out in 2000. The 2003 overview examines the final Marine Corps S&T software, the littoral strive against destiny naval potential, the center thrusts of this system, and simple study actions.

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NOTE: Acronyms are defined in Appendix C. BAAs are a good mechanism for discovering novel ideas, overreliance on them as a source of all ideas that might be developed into an S&T investment strategy is a concern to the committee. Responses to BAAs are somewhat unpredictable. Because there is no guarantee that all areas of interest have been covered, simply rearranging the BAA responses does not constitute a valid planning process. In a TIG, teams of users assessed the potential benefits of the BAA-proposed solutions in a STOM scenario.

9 Yet, although the LC-FNC and the ExLog-FNC are closely related in mission, they nevertheless have separate IPTs, separate performing organizations (the S&T lead for the ExLog-FNC is ONR Code 36— Industrial and Corporate Programs), and separate funding. The committee saw no evidence of interaction between these two FNC components. Considering the critical role logistics plays in enabling OMFTS and STOM, this separation seems unwise. The LC-FNC consists of four enabling capabilities (ECs) under which the various projects are grouped: EC 1—Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) for the Amphibious Force; EC 2—Expeditionary Fire Support for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF); EC 3—MAGTF Maneuver in the Littorals; and EC 4—Command and Control (C2).

10Marine Corps Combat Development Command. 2003. , May. 32 2003 ASSESSMENT OF ONR’S MARINE CORPS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM Recommendation. Code 353 should continue Tier II UAV development through a demonstration phase involving tests of both functional platforms (the Dragon Warrior helicopter and the ducted-fan vehicle) in tactical environments to thoroughly establish their potential military utility and roles. Recommendation. Code 353 should examine the potential of the Dragon Warrior helicopter and the ducted-fan vehicle to support short-range missions such as military operations in urban terrain.

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