Marine Corps Combat Development Command Launches Experimental Forward Operating Base Project

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Marine Corps Combat Development Command announced the official launch of the Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB).

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Marine Corps Combat Development Command announced the official launch of the Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB). The ExFOB will be designed to simulate the energy and water demands of Company size and smaller forward operating bases in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The key objectives of the assessment will be to evaluate existing and proven commercial technologies to produce potable water on site and increase the efficiency of power generation assets to reduce the exposure of logistics related convoys.

The assessment will take place in phases with the first phase expected to begin in early 2010. The initial phase will determine the baseline requirements of Company size and smaller FOBs. Subsequent phases will evaluate commercial off the shelf technologies that have the potential to increase the efficiency of our forward deployed forces in the near term.

The ExFOB will be a collaborative effort among several organizations to include: the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, Marine Corps Systems Command, the USMC Expeditionary Energy Office and Marine Corps Base Quantico. The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and its Commanding General, Robert F. Hedelund will serve as the ExFOB Lead.

The mission of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is to conduct concept-based experimentation to integrate operational concepts with tactics, techniques, procedures, and technologies in order to improve the expeditionary warfighting capabilities of Marine Corps forces within a Joint, Coalition, and inter-agency environment in support of the warfighter.

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