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Equipping the Corps

Equipping the Corps

By Marine Corps Systems Command
Conversations about Marine Corps acquisition, innovation, and gear with host Manny Pacheco, USMC, retired. Equipping the Corps is the official podcast of Marine Corps Systems Command.

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S1 Ep18 Testing and Evaluation with Dr. Karen McGrady

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S2 Ep0 Meet our new host, Tripp Elliott
On this bonus episode, Manny introduces Equipping the Corps’ new host, Tripp Elliott. Tripp is Marine Corps Systems Command’s Head of Command Safety. His charismatic, dedicated and his fun demeanor make him a ‘trip’ to work with. To learn more about Tripp, make sure to check out Episode 23, MCSC’s Command Safety Office with Tripp Elliott. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: TV show: Gilligan’s Island Hogan’s Heroes
17:39
September 29, 2022
S1 Ep26 Ground Based Air Defense with Don Kelley
Living in a world where the threat is constantly evolving and changing is challenging. Finding the technology and capabilities to meet and defeat those threats in a timely manner can sometimes prove twice as daunting. But for one team at Program Executive Office Land Systems, those challenges do not deter them, but rather energizes and drives them to find creative solutions for Marines who face those threats daily. They are the newest program team at PEO LS, the Ground Based Air Defense team, also known as GBAD. They are quickly making a name for themselves not only for the diverse capabilities that they will be fielding, but also for the speed in which they are getting that gear in the hands of Marines. On this episode, Manny chats with the Program Manager for GBAD, Don Kelley. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.
37:25
September 15, 2022
S1 Ep25 Logistics Combat Element Systems with Col. John Gutierrez
The Force Design 2030 update released in May emphasized that the Corps must continue to develop concepts for resilient logistics webs in a contested environment with multiple options for support, to include distribution networks, and multi-domain delivery methods. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Logistics Combat Element Systems Portfolio provides and sustains many of these capabilities for the Fleet Marine Force. LCES equips and sustains our Marines with engineering, supply, maintenance, ammunition and tactical wheeled vehicle systems and solutions to support various missions and enable lethality. On this episode, Manny sits down with the portfolio manager for LCES, Col. John Gutierrez. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Book recommendation- Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
37:41
September 01, 2022
S1 Ep24 Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory with Scott Lacy
The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory or MCWL, is tasked by the Commandant to identify future challenges and opportunities, develop warfighting concepts, and comprehensively explore options available to the warfighter, in order to inform the combat development process to meet the challenges of the future operating environment. In more simplistic terms, the Lab is tasked with the experimentation and wargaming required to inform the needs and capabilities of the future battlefield. As I have mentioned before on previous episodes, Marine Corps acquisition is a team sport and MCWL plays a huge role on that team. On this episode, Manny chats with the Chief of Staff for MCWL and Deputy Director of Futures Division, Mr. Scott Lacy. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Podcast recommendation- Building the Base Book recommendation- The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization by Peter Zeihan
35:41
August 18, 2022
S1 Ep23 MCSC’s Command Safety Office with Tripp Elliott
Marine Corps Systems Command is responsible for a lot of high-value gear, but our people remain our most valuable asset. One office at Marine Corps Systems Command is tasked with the great responsibility of ensuring our Marines are safe and preventable mishaps are eliminated throughout the acquisition process— the Command Safety Office. The Command Safety Office provides assistance and education to program management teams and promotes the commander’s Safety and Occupational Health policy. The expertise delivered by the office enhances the testing and fielding of safe and environmentally sound ground equipment and weapons systems. On this episode, Manny sits down with the man leading our safety efforts, Tripp Elliott. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Contact MCSC Command Safety Office mcsc_safety@usmc.mil Book recommendations- Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It by Gregory A. Freeman
41:11
August 04, 2022
S1 Ep22 MCSC's New Commander Shares Vision, Priorities with BGen David Walsh
On June 9, Marine Corps Systems Command welcomed a new Commander, BGen David Walsh. He’s an aviator by trade with a wealth of acquisition knowledge including time serving as the USMC Light/Attack Helicopters assistant program manager for systems engineering for the Marine Aviation Detachment at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. During that period, he was selected as part of the first cadre of Marine Corps Acquisition Officers. Throughout his 30-year career, he grew from a young aviator in various Marine operational squadrons to being the individual responsible for much of the gear in those squadrons to ultimately the head of all Marine Corps ground and IT acquisition. On this episode, Manny sits down with BGen Walsh to discuss his goals and priorities for the command. Show Notes Book recommendations- Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Start with Why by Simon Sinek
29:49
July 21, 2022
S1 Ep21 Marine Corps Recruiting Information Support System with Jason Glavich
Marine Corps Systems Command collaborated with Marine Corps Recruiting Command to develop the Marine Corps Recruiting Information Support System, also known as MCRISS. This system has been vital in streamlining recruiting operations, enabling the command and control of systematic recruiting operations across all distributed locations from coast-to-coast. The latest version, MCRISS II, is a mobile platform that provides Marines with their recruiting needs from the moment they meet an applicant to the time they leave for boot camp. On this episode, Manny chats with the program manager for MCRISS, Jason Glavich.
30:39
July 07, 2022
S1 Ep20 STEM with Joy Champion
Engineers are critical to the design, development, testing and fielding of systems and gear supporting our Marines. Chemical, software, systems, electrical, mechanical - all types of engineers make up the SYSCOM team to ensure our Marines have the gear they need to succeed and win in the battlefields of today and tomorrow. Unknowingly, many of those engineers got their start when, at a younger age, they participated in a STEM event. Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, programs and activities provide an opportunity for today's youth to have exposure to what a career in STEM may look like and helps ensure we develop the next generation of engineers. Manny sits down with the Command's engineering competency lead and federal STEM action officer, Ms. Joy Champion.
34:37
June 23, 2022
S1 Ep19 Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program with Col. Wendell Leimbach
The Joint Intermediate Force Capabilities Office is responsible for the management of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program and serves as the focal point for technical and programmatic guidance of current and projected joint non-lethal weapons technologies. The office provides programmatic recommendations and facilitates joint non-lethal weapons requirements by ensuring that funding supports the joint non-lethal weapons systems that the Department of Defense or combatant commands have identified as needs. The Marine Corps is the executive agency for the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program and as such, its director is an acquisition Marine. Manny chats with the man at the helm, the director of the JNLW program, Col. Wendell Leimbach. Movie Recommendation- Kelly’s Heroes
40:43
June 09, 2022
S1 Ep18 Testing and Evaluation with Dr. Karen McGrady
Test & Evaluation, or T&E, assists in the risk management process involved in developing, producing, operating, and sustaining systems and capabilities. T&E provides additional information on system capabilities and limitations to the acquisition community to improve the system’s performance and optimize its operational use and sustainment. It also provides an opportunity for program managers to learn about any technical or operational limitations of a system so they can be resolved prior to production and fielding. T&E is an integral part of the systems engineering process and this week Manny chats with the command’s testing and evaluation lead, Dr. Karen McGrady. Show Notes: Recommended Reading- Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West
45:43
May 26, 2022
S1 Ep17 Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch with Lt. Col. Scott Graniero
Conducting amphibious operations is part of the Marine Corps DNA and amphibious vehicles have been a critical component to Marine Corps operations since their introduction during WWII. The names and models have changed but one thing has remained constant since their development. Before many of them first crossed the surf in the Pacific, they most likely spent some time in the shores of California at a small test facility called the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, or AVTB. During the preceding decades, AVTB maintained an integral role in testing many variants and upgrades of the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, the Marine Personnel Carrier, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle Survivability Upgrade and most recently the Amphibious Combat Vehicle. Manny has the pleasure of speaking with the AVTB Director, LtCol Scott Graniero. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Recommended Reading- Defense Acquisition Research Journal https://www.dau.edu/library/arj/ U.S. Naval Institute https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings?gclid=Cj0KCQjwjN-SBhCkARIsACsrBz6Z8ARFydAiPTdfAVzN76Vl33m_2SFk7fs5aWCQrcwjAWWqwiZg1bcaAnJEEALw_wcB Marine Corps Gazette https://mca-marines.org/magazines/marine-corps-gazette/
46:16
May 12, 2022
S1 Ep16 Evolving the Future Force with Gen. Eric Smith
In July of 2019, the Commandant of the Marine Corps published his planning guidance. In it was a bold vision to modernize the Corps to meet rapidly evolving future threats. This vision is Force Design 2030. As General Berger developed his strategy, he also made some very important assignments, tasking his respective Deputy Commandants with critical requirements in building the Corps of the future. One of those was the DC for Combat Development and Integration who bore the responsibility of not only developing the requirements, but also conducting experimentation efforts to validate concepts, working through plans to divest of capabilities that did not meet future needs, and ultimately creating decision space for the Commandant to make informed decisions on Force Design 2030. That individual spent nearly two years conducting those studies and analysis, and burning the midnight oil to get the Corps to where it is today --- a strategic naval response force ready to answer our nations’ calls and meet and defeat any future threat. This week Manny has the honor of sitting down with the Corps’ 36th Assistant Commandant, General Eric Smith. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Book recommendation - For Country and Corps: The Life of General Oliver P. Smith
40:02
April 28, 2022
S1 Ep15 Amphibious Combat Vehicle New Equipment Training Team with Sgt. Juwan White
Manny joins Sgt. Juwan White on Camp Pendleton, California to discuss the Amphibious Combat Vehicle’s New Equipment Training Team. The NETT is responsible for learning everything there is to know about the ACV. They then train the Marines who will eventually be operating those vehicles in the operational forces. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Book recommendation- Marines in the Garden of Eden by Richard S. Lowry
27:07
April 14, 2022
S1 Ep14 Advanced Manufacturing with Dr. Kristin Holzworth
In 2015, the Secretary of the Navy issued a memo to bring together the Department of the Navy additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, community to rapidly develop AM capabilities for integration into the Fleet. The Marine Corps quickly began exploring AM and formally established the Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell in 2019. AMOC’s mission is to develop and provide advanced manufacturing technical, data, and rapid fabrication support to the fleet and program offices to improve Marine warfighting effectiveness. Engineers are a critical component to the success of programs at Marine Corps Systems Command and AMOC is a testament to that. Dr. Kristin Holzworth, chief scientist for the Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell, joins Manny to discuss how this small team is making a big impact on the future of the Marine Corps. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Recommendations: Chernobyl (HBO)
39:22
March 31, 2022
S1 Ep13 Intelligence Systems with Lt. Col. David Bain
One of the primary focus areas of Force Design 2030 is command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting or what we commonly refer to as C5ISRT. In the Commandant's Force Design Annual Update released in April, he stated that we now have an enhanced understanding of the need to succeed and not just compete in C5ISRT. Marine Corps Systems Command's Command Element Systems Portfolio provides and sustains many of these capabilities for the Fleet Marine Force. Marines need timely, actionable intelligence to develop plans for fires and maneuvers. Program Manager Intelligence Systems acquires the necessary capabilities to collect, process, exploit and disseminate intelligence information. Manny sits down with the Program Manager for Intelligence Systems, Lt. Col. David Bain, to discuss how the portfolio is developing and fielding critical capabilities for our Marines. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Book Recommendations -  Humility is the New Smart by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
52:46
March 17, 2022
12. Program Executive Officer Land Systems with Rob Cross
PEO Land Systems is the only program executive office in the Marine Corps and is located aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The PEO is a team of Marines and civilians dedicated to developing, delivering and sustaining lethal capabilities for our Marines. As the Marine Corps undertakes its greatest modernization in a generation, the PEO is playing a critical role in the fielding of modern cutting-edge technologies for our Marines. Overall, the portfolio includes major defense acquisition programs and associated programs with an estimated value of $7.5 billion across the Future Years Defense Program. Manny discusses all this and more with deputy PEO, Rob Cross. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Podcast Recommendation - How Did This Get Made?
51:44
March 03, 2022
S1 Ep11 Diversity Awareness Program with O'Bryan Woods
The Marine Corps' Talent Management 2030 document, released in November, recognizes the need to create a culture of inclusion and reinforce diversity to be successful in competition and conflict in the 21st century. It says, "Teams with diverse perspectives and modes of thinking solve problems faster and more creatively. In this way, diversity provides us a competitive warfighting advantage over our adversaries, particularly those who place a premium on uniformity of thought." Since 2012, Marine Corps Systems Command's Diversity Awareness Program, or DAP, has been enhancing our workforce's knowledge of and appreciation for diversity. On this episode, Manny chats with the Chair of Marine Corps Systems Command's Diversity Awareness Program, O'Bryan "OB" Woods. The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Edit: The museum O'Bryan was referring to is the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Book Recommendation - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
38:19
February 17, 2022
S1 Ep10 Office of Small Business Programs with Austin "AJ" Johnson
Innovation is a critical element to the success of any organization and many innovative ideas come from small businesses. It is one of the many reasons DoD and the Marine Corps believe in the potential for small businesses to provide innovative and sometimes revolutionary solutions to meet the needs of our future forces. Small businesses fill critical manufacturing and industrial base gaps and are key contributors to the modernization of the defense industrial base. Increasing small business participation is beyond just meeting statutory goals; it is critical to our national security, and ultimately key to equipping the warfighter. Manny chats with the Command's Associate Director of Small Business Programs, Austin Johnson, and discusses how small businesses can work with the Marine Corps. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: MARCORSYSCOM FY22-23 Small Business Strategy - https://go.usa.gov/xtkpV  Contact MCSC's Office of Small Business Programs - MCSCOSBP@usmc.mil Podcast recommendation - Becoming Disciplined
34:59
February 03, 2022
S1 Ep9 Amphibious Combat Vehicle with Col. Tim Hough
The Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) is the Corps' next-generation vehicle designed to move Marines from ship to shore. It is currently replacing the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, which has served the Corps for more than 40 years. The ACV will be the primary means of tactical mobility and lethality for the Marine Battalion Landing Team embarked aboard a Marine Expeditionary Unit at sea and ashore. The ACV has the capability to provide organic, direct fire support to dismounted infantry in the attack, and has a sustained ground mobility similar to the M1A1 tank. The ACV wil support expeditionary mobility capability and capacity with balanced levels of performance, protection and payload. Manny talks to the Marine currently leading the fielding and development effort across all ACV mission role variants for the Marine Corps, Col. Tim Hough. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Book recommendations -  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Endurance by Ernest Shakleton Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie
41:38
January 20, 2022
S1 Ep8 Modernizing the Tactical Vehicle Fleet with Jenn Moore
The Marine Corps is aggressively modernizing to meet the threats of the future battlefield. Lethality is crucial for the individual Marine to be successful, but so is mobility across the full range of military operations. At the heart of mobility is the new Joint Tactical Vehicle family of vehicles. However, it is not just the JLTV, the entire tactical wheeled fleet is evolving as part of Force Design 2030. The Marine Corps' Light Tactical Vehicles program has the unique mission of divesting the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, fielding more Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, and replacing the Marine Corps' Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) with an Ultralight Tactical Vehicle. Manny sat down with Jenn Moore, Program Manager for Light Tactical Vehicles, to discuss these modernization efforts and more. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Book Recommendation - Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
36:38
January 06, 2022
S1 Ep7 Training Systems with Col. Lou Lara
The Marine Corps is modernizing to meet the Commandant's vision of Force 2030. That modernization includes providing Marines with the most realistic training to meet and defeat those evolving threats. The Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), located in Orlando, Florida, improves the warfighting effectiveness of Fleet Marine Forces by providing training support and developing and sustaining training systems. They are the training systems acquisition arm for the Marine Corps. Manny met with Col. Lou Lara in Florida.  Lara has spent the better part of the last few years leading the team at TRASYS as they work to ensure that Marines have the training systems and capabilities to prepare them for the battlefields of today and tomorrow. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Book recommendations: Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results by Roger Connors and Tom Smith The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
43:30
December 09, 2021
S1 Ep6 Contracts with Johany Deal
Our contracting professionals play a critical role in bridging the gap between the industry and the program offices to ensure we're equipping our Marines with the best capabilities for the fight. Manny chats with Johany Deal, Director of Contracts for Marine Corps Systems Command about what it's like working in contracts here at the command and upcoming engagements with industry. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Send resumes to CTCompetency@usmc.mil
40:18
November 25, 2021
S1 Ep5 Force Design with Brig. Gen. A.J. Pasagian
Equipping our Marines with the gear and ground combat equipment needed for the current and future fight is the responsibility of Marine Corps Systems Command and its supported PEOs. Overseeing the acquisition of boots to body armor, JLTVs to ACVs, and all of the unique technologies in between, requires unique and flexible leadership. Manny sits down with the individual who is responsible for nearly 3,000 acquisition professionals, both civilian and military, who make the magic happen to ensure Marines have the tools and capabilities needed to be successful and as safe as possible on the evolving battlefield --- Brig. Gen. A.J. Pasagian, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command. Question, comment, or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.
45:47
November 11, 2021
S1 Ep4 Wargaming with Lt. Col. Raymond Feltham
The Marine Corps is in the middle of a generational modernization --- one that will ensure that tomorrow's Marines continue to be the force of choice to meet and defeat evolving threats. To that end, the Marine Corps has been outfitting the individual Marine with the latest warfighting technologies and conducting extensive research, analysis and experimentation to ensure they are headed down the right path. On this episode, Manny sits down with Lt. Col. Raymond Feltham to talk about one of the critical elements that informs and influences those challenging decisions --- Wargaming! Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes: Book - The Kill Chain by Christian Brose
34:46
October 28, 2021
S1 Ep3 AMMO! with Lt. Col. Brian Wisneski
The Ammo team is working hard to lighten the warfighter's load, increase lethality, and provide logistics support for new capabilities. Lt. Col. Brian Wisneski, Deputy Program Manager, Ammunition joins Manny to discuss all things ammo including .50-caliber polymer ammo, cartridges, two new shoulder-fired rocket systems, and when Marines can expect to see it all.
45:51
October 14, 2021
S1 Ep2 Infantry Marine Modernization with CWO4 David Tomlinson
CWO4 David Tomlinson, Gunner with Portfolio Manager Ground Combat Element Systems, talks with Manny about new gear coming to infantry Marines and what he's learned as the first Gunner assigned to Marine Corps Systems Command. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes CWO4 Tomlinson's Recommendations  • Books: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by August Cole & P.W. Singer
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September 30, 2021
S1 Ep1 Divestment Lessons with Deb Olson
Deb Olson, a recent Acquisition Award winner for her work as the Program Manager, Engineer Systems, Logistics Combat Element Systems, sits down with Manny to discuss her experiences with the divestment process. Deb's strategy led to the divestment of 47,000 pieces of equipment. Question, comment or idea? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/equipping-the-corps/message The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions of the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense. Show Notes Deb's Recommendations  •  Podcasts - Sawbones  •  Shows - Line of Duty
36:35
September 30, 2021
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September 15, 2021