The Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) assists with training-related research, technology transfer, and business development initiatives that are valuable to the U.S. Army's Maneuver Support Center of Excellence (MSCoE) and Fort Leonard Wood. Specifically, LWI seeks ways to support the Army's Training Transformation Initiative, which is designed to ensure that soldiers are fully and adequately trained and equipped.
LWI is dedicated to helping the Army identify and utilize the capabilities of reseachers, from both public and private organizations, to perform training-related research and development and to provide services related to current and future Army programs that support the Department of Defense's (DoD) Training Transformation Initiative.
Through its efforts, LWI focuses on supporting Fort Leonard Wood's unique training missions. In particular, LWI finds and assists businesses, universities and other organizations that improve training performance in the areas of:
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense
- Mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Unexploded Ordnance
- Non-Lethal Weapons
- Complex and Dynamic Threat Environments
LWI's support of training missions at Fort Leonard Wood and MSCoE are governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU defines how the Army, LWI and its partners cooperate in research, experimentation, technology exploration, product development, and instructional support. LWI is a collaborative research organization composed of universities, local businesses, and not-for-profit research institutions that was formed to support Fort Leonard Wood through the development and transfer of new technologies.
Both LWI and Fort Leonard Wood were named for Major General Leonard Wood (1860-1927), an aggressive and energetic soldier who was instrumental in transforming the U.S. Army into a modern fighting force. Read General Wood's biography and learn why General Wood's life and accomplishments inspire the work of LWI.