Fort Benning

U.S. Army Fort Benning and The Maneuver Center of Excellence

Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL)

Live Experimentation Branch

Branch Chief
Mr. Harry Lubin


The Soldier Systems Team supports the Maneuver Battle Lab with planning, training, technology assessments, experimentation, and evaluations. The primary purpose is to seek enhancements in the survivability and lethality of forces with weapons systems, accessories, optics, and sensors. Weapons systems, accessories, and sensor systems generally include all small arms 40mm and below, equipment mounted on weapons systems, and sensor systems that enable the Soldier to engage or detect threat weapons.

The Unmanned Systems Team plans, coordinates and conducts human in the loop experimentation that assesses unmanned capabilities employed by Soldiers or small units operating in the live environment. The team has the expertise to compliment live assessments with experimentation conducted in virtual, constructive and gaming environments as required by experiment designs. The Team produces reports that inform DOTMLPF decisions advancing future technologies, force concepts, development and modernization.

The Mounted Team supports the Maneuver Battle Lab experimentation efforts for mounted requirements for small tactical units. The Team conducts multiple experiments throughout the year to include the Load Effects Assessment Program - Army (LEAP-A) to assess human performance, Soldier Protection Systems (SPS) to inform body armor requirements, and the Maneuver Fires Integration Exercise (MFIX) to inform lethality and overmatch requirements of the small tactical unit.

The Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) assesses Cross Domain Maneuver (CDM) concepts and capabilities at the lower tactical echelon in support of Multi Domain Operations (MDO). The Experimentation Force (EXFOR) will employ mutually supporting lethal and nonlethal capabilities across multiple domains (air, land, space, and cyberspace), the electromagnetic spectrum, and the information environment to create a synergistic effect that increases relative combat power and provides overmatch. It is the Army's primary venue for small unit modernization, providing capability developers, Cross Functional Teams (CFTs), PEO's, Army Science and Technology (S&T) community, and industry a repeatable, credible, rigorous operational experiment supporting both concept and materiel development.

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