Through E2C (formerly ExFOB), the Marine Corps accelerates technology from concept to combat
. Systems that make it through the five phases of E2C – from demonstration to fielding – enable a more self-sufficient, combat-effective future force.
- Demonstration: Once a year, the E2C team targets 2-3 E2W2 ICD capability gaps and puts out an RFI to industry for solutions to address these gaps. We review the RFI responses and invite a small number of companies out to a Marine Corps base for a week to demonstrate their systems. During the demo, our technical team collects data on system performance and Marines provide qualitative feedback on what they see. After the demo, we produce a report summarizing the data collected.
- Tech Demo / Engineering Evaluation: Based on the results of the E2C report, we purchase a handful of systems for additional evaluation in a controlled lab environment. During this phase, we work closely with the company to make system adjustments necessary to meet specific USMC needs.
- Field Evaluation: Once a system has performed well in the lab, we send it to the field for extended user evaluation under combat and training conditions. This could take the form of a CONUS exercise or limited deployment to theater.
- Requirements Development: Results of the field evaluation inform the development of a written military requirement.
- Acquisition & Fielding: With a requirement in place, the Marine Corps acquires the capability.