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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC CDI WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/RESULTS OF THE MARINE CORPS STUDIES SYSTEM (MCSS) FY23 STUDIES REVIEW BOARD (SRB) #2 AND THE CALL FOR STUDIES FOR FY24 SRB #1//
REF/A/MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CDI/R 180800Z APR 23//
REF/B/DOC/CMC WASHINGTON DC/-/27JUN22//
NARR/REF A ANNOUNCED RESULTS OF THE MARINE CORPS STUDIES SYSTEM (MCSS) FY23 STUDIES REVIEW BOARD (SRB) #1 AND THE CALL FOR STUDIES FOR FY23 SRB #2. REF B IS MCO 3902.1E, MARINE CORPS STUDIES SYSTEM (MCSS)//
POC/ALEXANDRA KINDELL/GS12/OAD/-/TEL: 703-432-8346/EMAIL: ALEXANDRA.KINDELL@USMC.MIL//
POC/CHRISTOPHER L. BLAIR/GS13/OAD/-/TEL: 703-432-8343/EMAIL: CHRISTOPHER.L.BLAIR@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Per reference (A), this message announces the results of the FY23 SRB #2 and announces the FY24 SRB #1 call for studies.
2. Approved studies are categorized as Tier I or Tier II. Tier I nominations are those considered appropriate and meet the criteria provided in reference (A). These study nominations will be commenced as soon as possible. Due to similarities in some of the study nominations, the SRB established three analytic portfolios (Contested Logistics, Kill Webs and Multi-Domain Reconnaissance, and Sea-Based Forces) to best distribute the Marine Corps’ analytic resources. Tier II nominations are those found to be appropriate for analysis but cannot be executed with available resources and/or require further development (e.g., refinement of study scope). Additionally, the SRB selected certain Tier II nominations to be included as study advisory committee members for respective Tier I study efforts. These nominations are referenced in paragraph 4 section a of this message.
3. The following study nominations are Tier I (sponsor in parentheses).
3.a. Contested Logistics:
3.a.1. Sustainment and Distribution Modeling
3.a.1.a. Evaluation of Marine Littoral Regiment (MLR) sustainment requirements (DC I&L)
3.a.1.b. Force Design 2030 and Operating Plan Informed Capacity and Capability Gap Analysis of Sustaining I MEF in a Contested and Distributed Maritime Environment (CG I MLG)
3.a.1.c. Contested Sustainment (DC PP&O)
3.a.1.d. Stand-In Force Assault Support Priorities and Prepositioning for Conflict (CG III MEF)
3.a.1.e. Assessing the Operational Risk Incurred in regards to Operational Logistics by Pacific Posture and Conditions-Based Force Flow (CG III MEF)
3.a.2. A Host Nation Logistics Infrastructure, Transportation, and Material Support in Competition and Conflict (CG III MEF)
3.a.3. Logistics Command and Control (Section 3.a.3. nominations will be aggregated into a single study effort by the study performer)
3.a.3.a. Logistics Interoperability in Support of Stand-In Forces (DC I&L)
3.a.3.b. Requirements for Combat Service Support Layer to Support a MAGTF Common Operational Picture (DC I&L)
3.a.3.c. Identification of Information Exchange Requirements to Facilitate Stand-In Force Sustainment in the Pacific Theater (CG MARFORPAC)
3.a.3.d. Building a US Marine Corps Resilient Resupply System (1st Medical Battalion)
3.b. Kill Webs and Multi-Domain Reconnaissance:
3.b.1. Marine Corps Communications Network Requirements (DC CD&I)
3.b.2. ARV Company Communications Assessment (DC CD&I)
3.b.3. Mobile Recon Platoon Study (DC CD&I)
3.b.4. Analysis of the Value Proposition and Optimization of Tactical Multi-Domain Sensors in the Littorals to Support Sea Denial (DC CD&I)
3.c. Sea-Based Forces:
3.c.1. Optimizing Sea-Based Expeditionary Forces for Future Operations (CG II MEF)
3.c.2. Maritime Strategy-Roles and Missions for the USMC in 2035-2049 (ONA MC)
3.d. Selected Individual Topics:
3.d.1. Assessing Artillery Ammunition Inventory Impacts on Both Training Readiness and Warfighting Capacity (DC PP&O)
3.d.2. Understanding Complex Terrain in Future Conflicts (ONA MC)
3.d.3. Targeted Maturation and Return on Investment (DC M&RA)
4. The following studies are Tier II:
4.a. Inclusion as Study Advisory Committee Member (Sponsor in parentheses, corresponding Tier I Study):
4.a.1. Exploration of the Use of Other Forms of Transportation Assets for Surge Operations (DC CD&I, 3.a.2)
4.a.2. Exploration of the Use of Contracting with Local Suppliers as a Form of Pre-positioning (DC CD&I, 3.a.2)
4.a.3. Key Information Systems for Logistics Coordination in Joint, Distributed Environment under Contested Logistics Conditions (CG TECOM, 3.a.3)
4.a.4. Implications of Adversary Electronic Warfare Effects on Implementation of Logistics Command and Control Systems (CG TECOM, 3.a.3)
4.a.5. ARG-MEU Contributions to Naval Campaigning (CG II MEF, 3.c.1)
4.a.6. Amphibious Employment and ARG-MEU Capability Options (DC PP&O, 3.c.1)
4.b. Tier II for Scoping and Resource Availability:
4.b.1. Ideations Without Attempts - An Investigation of Protective Factors for Suicide (DC M&RA)
4.b.2. AI-Driven Cyberspace Operations - Implications and Opportunities for the Department of Defense (MARFORCYBER)
4.b.3. Enabling Next-Gen Military Training with 5G - Assessing 5G Wireless Range Training Network (WTN) Capability Requirements for Enhanced Integration and Interoperability (CG TECOM)
4.b.4. Evaluation of Combat Service Support Authorities in Support of EABO (DC I&L)
4.b.5. Employment of Autonomous and Robotic Systems in Future Amphibious Operations (DC CD&I)
4.b.6. Credible Logistics Delay Time Estimates for Force Design 2030 Systems (MCOTEA)
4.b.7. Special Duty Assignment Policy-Related Impacts on the Female Marine Population (DC M&RA)
4.b.8. Role 2 Medical Capability on Okinawa in Conflict (CG III MEF)
4.b.9. Defense Industrial Base Supply Chain Risk Management Process (CG Marine Corps Systems Command)
5. The Operations Analysis Directorate (OAD) study lead appointed to oversee each accepted Tier I study will contact the agency POC as provided in the study nomination to prepare for study execution. Those study nominations not listed above were declined for execution. POCs for declined study nominations will be contacted via email. For all questions regarding the study nomination process, email: OAD_studies@usmc.mil.
6. This message also announces the MCSS Call for Studies for the FY24 SRB #1 and solicits nominations for relevant and impactful studies. The nomination period is the date this message is published through 8 February 2024, the deadline for submitting a nomination. Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered until the next Studies Review Board. For commands submitting multiple study nominations, each nomination must be ranked to indicate the priorities of the nominating commands. Each study must be sponsored by a senior official (Colonel/O-6, GS-15, or higher). Studies may be cosponsored by multiple commands as applicable.
6.a. Nominations may be submitted at any time; however, pending specific coordination and prioritization, study nominations not received by the 8 February 2024 deadline will be held for review until the following SRB.
6.b. Study nominations related to the direction and guidance contained in Force Design 2030, Talent Management 2030, Training and Education 2030, and Installations and Logistics 2030 along with their respective annual updates will be given precedence over all others.
6.c. Study nominations are to be submitted digitally via OAD’s website at https:(slash)(slash)www.cdi.marines.mil/OAD/Marine-Corps-Study-System. The submission form is in the section “Submit A Study Nomination.”
7. Assistance and consultation in shaping study nominations is available from OAD_Studies@usmc.mil.
8. Release authorized by Lieutenant General Karsten S. Heckl, Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration.//