The Marine Forces Reserve is pursuing the quick procurement of small expeditionary watercraft in line with its Campaign Plan 2030.
Strategy themes of “relevant, ready, and responsive” to offer capacity and platforms in support of Service-level Force Design 2030 experimental initiatives. The collaborative effort reduced the list of potential commercial craft to four finalists by collaborating with the Defense Innovation Unit and utilizing their Commercial Solutions Opening solicitation process, which is an iterative and competitive phased approach that includes vendor presentations and extensive review of materials. The selected small boat(s) will provide the chance for Service-level experimentation and analysis in the areas of littoral operations, reconnaissance and counterreconnaissance, signature management, and activities supporting expeditionary advanced base operations. With the use of these resources, MFR will be able to conduct more evaluations of new, pertinent capabilities during upcoming training sessions and drills. The Force Design 2030 Annual Update 2021, which notes, “Our ability to innovate is a trademark of the Corps, served as the impetus for our forward-looking acquisition approach. It requires intensive intellectual labor, cooperation between numerous organizations and people, and a certain level of ruthlessness to give up well-established concepts, skills, and platforms that no longer offer a comparative advantage.