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In 2004 the United States Marine Corps Combat Development Command was tasked with quickly creating a new organization within the Marine Corps. This organization’s purposes was to collect, analyze, manage and disseminate knowledge gained through operational experiences, exercises and supporting activities in order to enable Marines to achieve higher levels of performance and to provide information and analysis on emerging issue and trends in support of operational commanders and CMC Title 10 responsibilities.
STS’ principle was recruited to design and develop what would become the Marine Corps Lessons Management System (LMS) to support the efforts of the new Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL). By donating transaction-based commercial software to jumpstart the development effort, STS’ principle quickly fielded the initial version of the LMS to meet the Marine Corps’ urgent requirements. Thereafter, the LMS was developed incrementally, in concert with the cultural (people) changes related to sharing knowledge and the changes in regulations (process) to support the rapid sharing of knowledge within the Marine Corps and other Services and agencies.
In 2007 the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff designated the Marine Corps LMS as the Lessons Learned System of Record for the Department of Defense. With that designation, all legacy lessons learned systems in the DoD were migrated to separate implementations of the LMS specific to each service and agency. These new lessons learned systems were hosted on servers provided by the MCCLL during the migration and “incubation” phase of the transition. In 2009, all of the separate implementations were moved from the Marine Corps servers to servers hosted by the US Army in Arizona and re-designated the Joint Lessons Learned Information System (JLLIS).