Exploring the effectiveness of the marine expeditionary rifle squad
Sanders, Todd M.
Lucas, Thomas W.
MetadataShow full item record
This study explores the effectiveness of the Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad (MERS) in support of Distributed Operations in urban terrain. The Marine Corps is evaluating the Distributed Operations concept as a solution to new threats posed in current operations. In order to employ distributed tactics, a more effective and capable Marine Rifle Squad is needed. The MERS concept seeks to increase the effectiveness of the current rifle squad, enabling smaller, more lethal, and more survivable units. Those issues are explored using agent-based modeling and data analysis. The most significant finding is that the MERS must be evaluated as a system; factors cannot be analyzed in isolation. The two factors that most affect the effectiveness are survivability and lethality. Maximizing these two factors leads to the lowest friendly casualties, highest enemy casualties, and highest probability of mission success. Agent-based modeling provides the maximum flexibility and responsiveness required for timely insights into small unit combat.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Evaluating alternative network configurations and resource allocations for deployed Marine Corps aviation logistics units Jabin, Joshua M. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2009-06);This thesis develops a model and performs analysis to estimate the operational effectiveness of the Marine Aviation Logistics Support Program II (MALSP II) under different system configurations and resource allocation ...
Park, Dong Ho; Ramirez, Mark (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2003-03);The assignment process affects Marines within the operating forces several times during their careers, and at times, it affects their decisions to continue service in the Marine Corps or to leave. Additionally, this process ...
Analyzing the U.S. Marine Corps Enterprise Information Technology Framework for IT Acquisition and Portfolio Governance Shives, Timothy R.; Pelz, Laban M. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2012-09);This research examined the ongoing development of a Marine Corps-wide, enterprise architecture (EA) approach for assessing the IT planning and investment process, including IT-related programs of record. The EA-approach ...