Camp Pendleton offers year-around temperate climate, diverse terrain, and 17 miles of coastline ideal for amphibious testing. It's close proximity to San Diego enhances ship-related testing. Camp Pendleton also offers range facilities to conduct live-fire testing of vehicular armament and weapons systems.
Training facilities, operating areas, and ranges are all under U.S. Marine Corps control. AVTB is in close proximity to San Clemente Island, which can be used for live-fire sea-to-shore testing and high-speed water testing.
Terrain or test-specific areas such as Twenty nine Palms, Nevada Automotive Test Center, Yuma Proving Grounds and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare-Bridgeport are close enough to be easily available for use.