Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)

THE CHALLENGE

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) identified a “digital divide” between battalion headquarters and small units operating in urban terrain against irregular enemies. The Office of Force Transformation (OFT) within OSD invested in a project aimed at breaking the divide.

WHAT NOETIC DID

Project Wolfpack brought together leading edge technology, government engineers, active duty warfighters and other experts to rapidly develop a concept, integrate existing technology, and test both with the military personnel who would use the candidate solution in wartime. The project had to combine a series of systems: lethal and non-lethal weapons, communications, battle management, protection and mobility.

Noetic provided the concept development team for Wolfpack. The Noetic team worked closely with the engineering and experimentation teams to plan, facilitate, and integrate the various elements of the project, ensuring that the project ran on time and to budget. This involved ‘Warrior Workshops’ and desktop wargames at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, VA, and support to the design and execution of field tests at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA.

Noetic’s primary responsibility was to develop the initial concept of operation and then implement various lessons from development and experimentation into the final concept of employment. This process ensured that the technology conceived was appropriate in warfighting and described in terms beneficial to tactical commanders.

Noetic also facilitated the involvement of the Australian Army, culminating in a combined exercise showing the value of the Wolfpack capability in allowing coalition forces to rapidly integrate at the tactical level.

THE BENEFITS

Wolfpack technology has been added to both United States Marine Corps and United States Army vehicles. The solution set was implemented on USMC Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement vehicles that deployed to Afghanistan, improving convoy security. This occurred within a two year timeframe at a fraction of the cost of many traditional development efforts. The research findings were also provided to the Australian Army to inform vehicle enhancement research and experimentation.