We find ourselves in an environment to which air, land, sea, cyber, and space domains have converged, requiring us to prepare our workforce to meet the requirements of the CMC’s Force Design 2030. “The passing of our Nation’s unipolar moment and the emergence of revisionist great power competitors in China and Russia, coinciding with a sea change in the character of warfare driven by social and technological change, demands that we move rapidly to adapt to the circumstances of a new era”, General Berger. The world of C4I is changing and Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity needs to be prepared to not only change but more importantly anticipate the change --- we need to be ready, relevant and up to the challenge. The best way to prepare for the future is to create an environment to sustain our technical excellence that will ultimately propel MCTSSA into the future to meet the challenges and demands of an evolving world.
This strategic plan positions MCTSSA to continue to provide the high-quality, C4I-focused support to the Program Managers (PMs) and FMF.
This strategic plan provides my guidance on how MCTSSA, as the operational arm of Marine Corps Systems Command, will support the Program Managers while providing support to the Fleet Marine Force. It establishes the foundation to support our C4I and tactical vehicle testing and evaluation needs by aligning to specific domains and vector areas. I encourage you to take time to read this plan, understand the contents and methodology, and integrate the concepts and alignment into your daily operations. We will be strongly committed to focus and improve our business practices to provide effective and efficient Program Manager and FMF support. Our plan organizes our actions around three main themes:
Theme 1: Innovations to Institutional Challenges
Our operational environment is being shaped in part from rapidly advancing technologies by which our adversaries can disrupt our ability to command and control. We must pave new pathways to support C4I tactical systems and amphibious vehicles. We must aggressively pursue new communication methods, alternative waveforms/ architectures, 5G/LTE, adaptive hybrid networks in a MAGTF and afloat constructs, baselines for Expeditionary Advanced Based Operations (EABO), cyber resiliency regarding communication transmissions in the kill chain, electronic warfare detection & emissions, MEU & Naval integration to transmit ship-to-shore data, cloud services, tactical cloud-native application marketplace environments, tactical Development Security Operations (DevSecOps), a big data warehouse fusing tactical sensor data, and artificial intelligence. We must seek out to support littoral combat operations supporting naval concepts, directives and Force Design 2030 guidance.
Theme 2: Pinnacle of Technical Support
MCTSSA must continue to provide support to Program Managers (PMs) and the FMF through our Warfighter Support Division. This direct tie to the FMF is a critical feedback mechanism for PM’s while also vital to the Marine who needs technical troubleshooting assistance. We will look to expand our partnerships and find ways to enhance our interactions with the MEFs while also curating data to better inform the sustainability of the C4I Programs of Record.
Theme 3: Laboratory & Process Pathway Modernization
A key to MCTSSA’s success is our ability to function as a cohesive collaborative Activity. Our passion to solve complex problem sets with innovative solutions. With our unique mission, we must take a closer look at our internal support technologies and processes. IT is evolving at an incredible pace as we navigate friction points such as: budget pressure, tech modernization, customer expectations, and the need to achieve results in an expedient manner. FY21-22 will be a year of modernizing and automating MCTSSA’s process pathways, infrastructure and lab capabilities to better service and support our customers. We will provide upgrades, modernization and improvements to the only organic Marine Corps test and engineering facilities and network infrastructure.
Vector Areas and Themes each Vector supports
This plan sets out Vector Areas that each reflect one or more theme. Visual icons for each theme link every action with the themes it supports. This plan is not a complete description of everything we expect to do; however, it provides direction. Some of these vectors will stretch beyond three to five years; but, must be depicted to move toward supporting Force Design 2030.