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Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability

What is it?
The Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability (JKDDC) is the individual Joint training pillar of the DoD Training Transformation (T2) initiative; it complements the T2 collective training initiative known as the Joint National Training Capability (JNTC). It provides relevant, timely, and global access to Joint knowledge, across the Joint learning continuum. The JKDDC leverages existing service training programs and adds Joint context to individual training. JKDDC interaction will span a service members’ career and prepare them to support combatant commanders. Active and Reserve service members share, collaborate, and learn in a realistic Joint context with other Services and Joint battle staffs.

What has the Army done?
The Army developed a pilot program, including a Warrior digital dashboard that includes a “coach” who guides an individual Soldier in his knowledge development. The Army pilot effort is the Joint Fires Knowledge Network. Army efforts have expanded to include the Sustainment Knowledge Network, managed by the CASCOM, Knowledge Management Office. Access to all knowledge networks is available on Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) hosted by AKO/DKO. The Army continues to lead other services in requesting Joint courseware development by the JFCOM JKDDC Program Manager.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army JKDDC supports TRADOC’s Campaign Plan by leveraging the emerging COE and proponent training institutions that already develop training that complements a Soldier’s operational experience. JKDDC will build on existing training and education programs and initiatives to deliver Joint knowledge that integrates Joint context into service training venues to support lifelong Joint learning. This capitalizes on the capabilities and expertise of the services, and enables an accredited JKDDC process to ensure the training is timely, relevant, and synchronized within the services.

Why is this important to the Army?
Army operations are becoming inherently Joint. Army JKDDC builds Joint context into individual training, delivers it at the right place and time, and uses the right delivery means e.g. institutional, functional, mobile training teams, or distributed learning (dL). The strategy centers on collaboration between the Army’s TRADOC and subordinate Centers of Excellence (COE) and U. S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) Joint Management Office, to incorporate necessary Joint, Inter-governmental, Inter-agency, Multi-national (JIM) context into training.

The Army JKDDC initiative also leverages other Services’ Joint knowledge content thus avoiding redundant spending on common joint training requirements. Army JKDDC is agile enough to support emerging training strategies or requirements as the operating environment changes.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
The Army JKDDC supports TRADOC’s Campaign Plan by leveraging the emerging COE and Proponent Training Institutions that already develop training that complements a Soldier’s operational experience. JKDDC will build on existing training and education programs and initiatives to deliver Joint knowledge that integrates Joint context into service training venues to support life-long Joint learning. This capitalizes on the capabilities and expertise of the Services, and enables an accredited JKDDC process to ensure the training is timely, relevant, and synchronized within the Services.