The commandant of a Marine Corps has systematic battalion to embankment high-tech rigging in preference of maps and compasses, and during slightest one section is holding him during his word.
Last spring, elements of 2nd Marine Regiment unnatural a large-scale cyber conflict during pre-deployment training in Twentynine Palms, California, forcing battalion to lapse to analog methods of communication during several points — only a approach they would if an rivalry brought their network down.
Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has regularly discussed his enterprise to wean Marines off their coherence on technology, expecting that a near-peer aspirant might someday be means to meddle with networks and tellurian positioning systems, digest many of a Corps’ high-tech collection useless.
Marines, he said, should be means to tract their plcae on a paper map, not only guard it on a Blue Force Tracker. And, he said, troops’ entire dungeon phones might emanate their possess vulnerability.
“You’re going to live out of your pack. You’re going to puncture a hole, you’re going to camouflage, you’re going to spin off all your stuff, and you’re going to lay there and try to sleep,” Neller pronounced during an residence during a Center for Strategic and International Studies final August. “And you’re going to try not to make any noise, and you’re going to have positively no signature. Because if we can be seen, we can be attacked.”
Ahead of their deployment final fall, a Marines of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa took Neller during his word.
During a post-deployment reveal this month, section commander Col. Dan Greenwood pronounced a charge force, built around 2nd Marine Regiment, deployed to Twentynine Palms as a Marine air-ground charge force authority component from Apr to June, in further to a three-week training event during a base’s Marine Corps Tactical Operations Group, or MCTOG.
During a predeployment Integrated Training Exercise and training during MCTOG, a section “went analog” mixed times, Greenwood said.
“We close down [communications networks], close computers off, and unnatural a cyber conflict so we had to go behind only to voice on a radio, and forced people to work by that,” he said.
Outside a authority element, battalion Marines were also handling with stripped-down tools, including maps and compasses, Greenwood said.
“They were positively training with what we all grew adult with … training to those ability sets,” he said.
However, Greenwood said, a Marine Corps still faces hurdles in a ability to work offline in a deployed environment. In Africa, that is some-more than twice as far-reaching opposite as a United States, a plea is set in generally sheer relief.
“The range of a continent is such that there are opposite satellite bands we have to use depending on where we are on a continent, and they’re opposite from what they are adult in Europe,” he said. “If we had army in Entebbe, Uganda, and we were located somewhere 3,000 miles away, it would be a homogeneous of handling in [Washington,] D.C. and Twentynine Palms, California. That would positively be a plea if we didn’t have satellite communications.”2017-06-16