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Lessons Learned Web site established for info sharing

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 20056292911
Story by Cpl. Justin P. Lago

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va (June 2, 2005) -- The Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned, a part of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab here, has established a Web site dedicated to receiving and posting after action reports and using these reports to gather information that might save lives.

The MCCLL will collect, analyze, handle and distribute information acquired through operational experience, exercises, and supporting activities in order to allow Marines to achieve higher levels of performance and to provide information and analysis on emerging issues and trends in support of operational commanders and the commandant of the Marine Corps.

Customers who will benefit from the established Web site are the Marine Corps, Marine operating forces, Department of Defense, Expeditionary Force Development Center, coalition partners and U.S government organizations.

Future additions to the Web site include a discussion forum used to discuss current lessons and observations, current program instructions, and to change training if an improvement needs to be made.

“The enabler to make this all work is the submission of after action reports and input from units that are deployed and returning, continuously flowing information to provide the most recent observation and lessons,” said Col. Monte Dunard, director of MCCLL.

“What we don’t want is to have information that’s two years old driving our training program which might be irrelevant if the enemy has already learned from our past.”

Department of Defense cardholders, military personnel and anyone with a (.mil) military e-mail address can be eligible to set up an account at the MCCLL Web site.

The main function of the MCCLL and the MCCLL Web site is to continue collecting and managing the Marine Corps Lessons databases, reporting results, inclinations and concern through numerous media sources. The MCCLL maintains a number of topical information managing systems and databases that are used to sustain the MCCLL’s mission. The databases are available to Marines and the research community, including the Marine Corps Lessons Management System, the successor to the MCLLS. The LMS is designed to fully manage the lesson collection, tracking, data-mining and dissemination requirements of the Marine Corps.

For more information about the site, contact MCCLL at (703) 432-1280 or visit the Web site at


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