NORFOLK, Va. — Marine Corps officials are hopeful that industry can help solve one of the service’s toughest equipment problems: How to lighten the load.

“The Corps has become very, very heavy,” said Brig. Gen. Mark R. Wise, commander of the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab. “We need to become a lighter, more agile, more mobile force. Because of that, a lot of our focus [at the warfighting lab] has been on how do we go from a heavy force to a light force,” he told industry representatives at a conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association.

Each Marine regularly carries 100 pounds of gear, a load that is manageable for short periods but one that military…(excerpt from National Defense)

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