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Conversations about Marine Corps acquisition, innovation, and gear with host Morgan Blackstock, MCSC’s Public Affairs Specialist.

Equipping the Corps Marine Corps Systems Command

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Conversations about Marine Corps acquisition, innovation, and gear with host Morgan Blackstock, MCSC’s Public Affairs Specialist.

    STRL Designation with Col Craig Clarkson and Mr. Tim Gramp

    STRL Designation with Col Craig Clarkson and Mr. Tim Gramp

    As the Marine Corps continues to modernize to meet Force Design goals, innovation is critical. Cue: Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory, or STRL, designation for the Marine Corps Tactical Support Activity – which is enabling them to operate more like a warfare center.



    On this episode, Morgan dives into the STRL designation with two guests: Mr. Tim Gramp, the Marine Corps’ chief engineer and Marine Corps Systems Command’s Deputy to the Commander, Systems Engineering and Acquisition Logistics and Col Craig Clarkson, Commanding Officer for MCTSSA.



    The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.


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    • 52 min
    Other Transaction Authority with Jack Cave

    Other Transaction Authority with Jack Cave

    In acquisition, we often have to strike a balance between getting gear out quickly and abiding by federal contract regulations. However, in some cases our command is able to use specific contract vehicles to better meet the “speed of need.” On this episode, Morgan chats with Jack Cave, Division Head for Program Support.



    The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.



    Show notes:

    Favorite TV show: Doc Talk


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    • 43 min
    Amphibious Combat Vehicles with Col Tim Hough

    Amphibious Combat Vehicles with Col Tim Hough

    Today is a very special day in Equipping the Corps history as Morgan welcomes our first ever return guest, Col. Tim Hough. Col. Hough is the program manager for Advanced Amphibious Assault, and he and his team are leading the development and fielding efforts for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle – the Corps’ next-generation vehicle designed to move Marines from ship to shore.



    Book: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

    Podcast: Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend, Smartless, It's a True Crime

    Movie: Gladiator, Braveheart, Dumb and Dumber and Nacho Libre


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    • 48 min
    Individual Armor with Maj Conor Stewart

    Individual Armor with Maj Conor Stewart

    On this episode, Morgan sits down with Maj. Conor Stewart, Project Officer for the Individual Armor team here at SYSCOM. Ensuring the Marine Corps is a premiere fighting force starts with the individual Marine, from packs to body armor, Maj Stewart’s team is leading the way.



    The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.



    Show notes:

    Show recommendation: The Terminal List


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    • 35 min
    Low Altitude Air Defense with GySgt Mattheau Ross

    Low Altitude Air Defense with GySgt Mattheau Ross

    Someone once said, “Seconds are hours on the battlefield – especially when it comes to the Low Altitude Air Defense community.” The Marine Air Defense Integrated System, or MADIS, is the Marine Corps’ newest asset in counter-unmanned aircraft systems operations and brings the Corps one step closer to air dominance.

    On this episode, Morgan chats with GySgt Mattheau Ross, MADIS 1.0 Training SME and Assistant Project Officer.

    The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.

    Show notes:
    Book recommendation: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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    • 48 min
    PM Infantry Weapons Logistics with Verne Ashby, Jr.

    PM Infantry Weapons Logistics with Verne Ashby, Jr.

    The Marine Corps is continuing to modernize and adapt for the future fight – with logistics playing a critical role. On this episode, Morgan sits down with Verne Ashby, Jr. the assistant program manager for Logistics supporting PM Infantry Weapons on the show!



    The views expressed in this podcast reflect those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies, or positions or the United States Marine Corps or Department of Defense.



    Show notes:

    Book recommendation: The Art of War by Sun Tzu


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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

vz1980 ,

Informative and broadening

I appreciate the topics and guests. This podcast provides an opportunity to gain insight on programs and projects the Corps is working on. I also enjoy learning about how the process works.

Att203 ,

Great Podcast!

The folks at Marine Corps Systems Command have hit a home run with the first guests. Their ability to tell the story of how capability gets to the warfighter is compelling. Keep this going!

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