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    MCWL LOOKS TO THE FUTURE BY HARNESSING THE LESSONS OF THE PAST

    Since 1995, MCWL has leaned forward, anticipating and assisting the operating forces by identifying and guarding against future threats, whatever form they take. In 2017, they went a step farther and incorporated the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL) into their organization, realizing the best way to fully prepare for the future is by working to completely understand the past.
    “"MCCLL completes the loop for us on Future Force Development by harvesting lessons learned and observations from the operating forces. These lessons learned and observations validate or help us refine our concepts, or highlight gaps that require a Service-wide solution supported by the Combat Development process,” said Brig. Gen. Christian Wortman, commanding general, MCWL.
    MCCLL, per Marine Corps Order, has the Service level mission of collecting, analyzing, disseminating and archiving lessons for the Marines Corps. They maintain both unclassified and classified website repositories housing a vast amount of information across the range of military operations and for each of the Marine Air Ground Task Force elements (command, ground, air, logistics), to include after action reports, MCCLL reports and periodicals, MCWL products from experiments and wargaming, Historical Division products, doctrinal pubs, student thesis papers, Joint and sister Service reports, and literally any document drafted to ensure a lesson is actually learned.
    MCCLL does not just stop with Marine Corps lessons learned.
    “Coordinating with the Operating Forces, advocates, proponents, sister Services, and allied nations, MCCLL is the single fusion center for the Marine Corps Lessons Learned Program on issues transcending the doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) spectrum,” details Mr. Christopher H. Sonntag, Director, MCCLL.
    The wealth of knowledge the MCCLL staff brings to the fight is the precise advantage MCWL is looking for to accurately compile and catalog the results of experiments, currently produced as X-Files within MCWL. These X-Files are produced at the request of the MCWL Commanding General and overseen by G-3 Operations. X-Files serve as the roadmap for where MCWL has been as far as experimentation and are consulted before new experiments are planned and executed. These documents will now be searchable by topic and cataloged in the MCCLL archive.
    “MCCLL also has developed a tool - the Campaign of Learning Information System, with the Warfighting Challenge Repository - that uses wargaming reports, live force experimentation results, technical assessments, and operating force feedback to guide the Future Force Development process,” added Wortman.
    The partnership between MCWL and MCCLL stands to profit the entire Marine Corps; as these two organizations work together to forge lessons learned into cohesive and easily digestible products, readily accessible to every website registered Marine.
    There are roughly 17,000 Marines, from E-1 to O-10, currently registered on the unclassified MCCLL website. Considering there are nearly 183,000 Marines, this represents a small percentage of the force. Registering on the site only requires a Common Access Card to access all website features and the entire database, to include OIF/OEF operational history, is readily available. For more information and to register, please go to: http://www.mcwl.marines.mil/MCCLL/ .

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    Date Taken: 11.27.2017
    Date Posted: 11.27.2017 07:42
    Story ID: 256482
    Location: QUANTICO, US

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