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I-neXt Scalars & Vectors


I-neXt uses established investigative & analytical methods, and processes to identify opportunities in the following 3 scalars and build bridges for each of these scalars to improve or enhance the way the Command designs, constructs, operates, and manages its installations:

  • Technology candidates to be considered for exploration, experimentation, or technical assessment, and develop projects to demonstrate and validate their value to the installation mission of generating combat power.
  • Organizational Adaptations (institutional & organic cultural elements) to be studied and tried in order to improve or optimize effectiveness within installation enterprise and maximize a constrained workforce.
  • Process improvements to be considered for adoption and integration into installation processes and procedures with the goal of optimizing performance of installations as generators of combat power.

“Ahead of requirements,” I-neXt facilitates advances along theses 3 scalars in order to integrate—via accelerator projects and sprints— new and emerging capabilities.

The I-neXt vectors are 9 challenges that face Marine Corps installations in our pursuit of meeting the mission of being responsive in our support to the force and reaching the qualities of a being a Next Generation Installation.

These vectors were initially born out of G-7 leadership and later confirmed by the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps to allow the I-neXt ecosystem to focus attention, prioritize resource allocation, and build a community of innovators around a specific problem area.

Within each of these 9 vectors I-neXt looks for opportunities to build bridging solutions across: Technology, Organization Adaptation, and Processes, in support of: the operating force, tenant commands, Marines, and families on installations.


Protection – Marine Corps installations cannot adequately address the full range of threats and challenges in the current operating environment.
To solve this, installations will need to obtain & maintain full situational awareness and control of who and what comes on our bases and stations.

Resilience – Current Marine Corps installations lack the ability to generate, store, and distribute energy and water.

To solve this installations will need to have capacity and readiness to sustain operations “off the grid” for 14 days.

Mobility – On-base and mission-related non-tactical mobility has a low return on investment, with little room for growth to support emerging installation needs.

To address this, installations will need to have an environment of multi-modal needs-based transit, with lower costs and environmental impacts.

Community – Marine Corps communities on installations are isolated and underserved, often lacking equivalent resources and access to services “outside the fence line.”

To address this, installations will need to be fully integrated with our local communities to optimize better-than-industry standard services for our Marines and their families.

Command and Control – Installation operations are isolated and decentralized, with no common user interface, complicating commanders’ ability to coordinate integrated action.

To address this, installations will need to be data-driven and have a cloud controlled virtual Command of near-real time coordination, interoperability, and information integration.

Maintenance – Current maintenance reporting, tracking, and fulfillment processes are unable to keep up with corrective maintenance requirements, and insufficient to meet preventive maintenance needs.

To solve this, installations will need to have integrated “smart” monitoring and control systems that will condition predictive maintenance and enable timely repairs.

Data — To-date, data on our installations and across the DOD is siloed and in some cases not even accessibly to the owners of the data.
To fully leverage the benefits of operating as a data driven organization, installations will need a governance strategy for the storage, management, and use of data across the installation and the enterprise.

Operational Reach – Aging infrastructure and communications networks cannot adequately support training and readiness, power projection, or sustainment of deployed operating forces.

To solve this installations will need to be fully connected, enabled, and hardened to provide full-spectrum support to deploying and forward deploying operational capabilities.

Training and Range Support – Marine Corps ranges and training areas are not optimized or equipped to provide realistic training to the 21st century warfighter.

To solve this, installations will need to have state-of-the-art, full spectrum venues to enhance operational readiness.


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