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Onr-Funded Software Boosts Marines Civilian Operations at Fleet Exercise


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The Office of Naval Research recently tested the Marine Corps Civil Information Management System (MARCIMS) by using it to manage, track, and analyze construction projects, health engagements, and civil affairs in Thailand.

Credit: Reece Lodder/U.S. Marine Corps

The Office of Naval Research has developed software that utilizes mobile devices to streamline civilian assistance operations.

During a recent test, the Marine Corps Civil Information Management System (MARCIMS) managed, tracked, and analyzed construction projects, health engagements, and civil affairs in Thailand.

The development of MARCIMS aligns with the Marine Corps Science & Technology Strategic Plan, which calls for enhanced command-and-control systems for better decision-making, collaboration, and shared understanding across the range of military operations.

"The Marine Corps has always been called on to do more than fight, and this technology brings to their fingertips the kind of information they need to manage resources and understand the sociocultural environment for a variety of civilian-military operations," says MARCIMS' Martin Kruger.

The system combines the use of mobile devices with a semantic wiki site that can be updated instantaneously as information is gathered in the field to create a seamless environment for collecting and analyzing information and tracking projects. "A substantial amount of man-hours were saved daily by not having to spend time manually inputting raw data from the field into a database," says Maj. Jared C. Voneida, one of the soldiers who used MARCIMS in the testing phase in Thailand.

From Office of Naval Research
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