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The Army's Mission Command Battle Lab: Helping to Improve Acquisition Timelines
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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The mission of the Mission Command Battle Laboratory MCBL is to mitigate risk to current and future Army forces by examining and evaluating emerging concepts and technologies through experimentation, studies, and prototyping, while informing the combat development and acquisition processes. MCBL collaborates with the Armys Research Development and Engineering Command RDECOM, the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency DARPA, Joint Forces Command JFCOM, academia, the National Laboratories, industry, the Army acquisition community, Command and General Staff School CGSS, and other organizations and allies around the world. Through this collaboration and process simultaneity, the MCBL is working to improve acquisition timelines and get capabilities to soldiers faster. The several battle laboratories and experimentation and analysis elements in the Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC are the principal organizations for Army experiments and science and technology ST endeavors. This article focuses on the efforts of Mission Command Battle Laboratory, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, but all of these organizations do critical work supporting concept and capabilities development.
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