In order to execute effective civil affairs operations and Civil-Military Operations (CMO), Marines require persistent, actionable knowledge of the civil component of the operational environment. Prior to the deployment of the Marine Civil Information Management System (MARCIMS), the United States Marine Corps (USMC) did not have an automated capability to collect, store, analyze, and fuse civil information. Because of this, the artifacts from past operations and efforts were not stored in a way that could inform future missions; there was no measureable way to assess the effectiveness of current civil operations; and there was no automated and efficient way to share vital civil information with partner organizations during operations. The MARCIMS addresses these gaps by leveraging innovations in mobile computing technologies, semantic information and knowledge management, and Web-based geospatial decision support capabilities. These capabilities identified below can be applied as components or as an end-to-end system that permits true civil information management and supports the needs of USMC commanders when engaged in CMO.
Civil Information Management Capability: MARCIMS is a net-centric system that stores information at the fact level through open source relational/semantic database services. Access to data stored in MARCIMS is achieved via standard interoperable Web services, to include those adopted Department of Defense (DoD)-wide from the Open Geospatial Consortium, International Standards Organization, and other standards bodies. MARCIMS is built upon a scalable architecture allowing for agile response to rapid-onset events as well as integration (import/export) with a variety of platforms and services.
Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Decision Support Capability: CMO focuses on establishing collaborative relationships to facilitate military operations in support of overall United States’ objectives. MARCIMS supports CMO by providing dynamic reporting, analysis, and planning using geospatial and semantic technology. This gives the commander the ability to visualize reports and data in both geospatial and various graphical ways, allowing for quick and easy understanding.
Mobile Collection and Notification Capability: The MARCIMS mobile collection and notification capability leverages Android-based smart phones on which doctrinally- compliant and unit-specific collection applications are loaded. Twitter-like annotation capabilities are built into those forms to allow semantic discovery. In receipt-mode, situational/ geospatial alerts and social awareness notifications are pushed to the mobile users. The MARCIMS mobile devices have store-and-forward capability for disconnected operations as well as connecting to the MARCIMS knowledge base using real-time data submission enabled by local cellular networks or wireless Internet connection.
MARCIMS is an abbreviated acquisition program (AAP) designated 10 Jan 2014 and in the Operations and Support Phase of the Acquisitions Lifecycle. The program consists of one associated Table of Authorized Materiel Control Number (TAMCN) A03607G MARCIMS, with an Approved Acquisition Objective (AAO) of 100 systems.
MARCIMS evolved from a Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) Deliberate Needs Statements (DUNS) in 2010 and a related U.S. Army Operational and Organizational (O&O) concept that same year. Analysis through a Capabilities Based Assessment in 2012 further validated the need for MARCIMS. Requirements were consolidated via a June 2013 Letter of Clarification. The MARCIMS Project Office (PO) is currently working with the Requirements Transition Team at Combat Development and Integration (CD&I) to develop and staff a Requirements Memorandum for MARCIMS to solidify the project’s requirements documentation.
Army Geospatial Center, Ft. Belvoir, VA.