Army announces test of wikis to revise tactics, techniques and procedures
Screen capture of an online wiki launched by The Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate and the Battle Command Knowledge System at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center as a test allowing Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army's tactics, techniques and procedures.

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (June 30, 2009) -- The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center has launched a test allowing Soldiers and leaders to make real-time updates to the Army's tactics, techniques and procedures via a wiki environment.

The intent is to accelerate the creation and sharing of knowledge, said officials at the CAC Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate and the Battle Command Knowledge System, who are conducting the test together. They said the test is in contrast to typical time frames of three to five years for staffing and updating field manuals.

With this test, the Army is exploring the possibility to share and revise TTPs using a milWiki platform available on Army Knowledge Online.

Seven FMs that currently describe TTPs have been selected for the test, which will allow the Army to learn how to rapidly expand this capability to more than 200 other FMs. During a doctrine re-engineering study directed by Training and Doctrine Command in May, more than 200 FMs were identified for renaming from FMs to Army TTPs, or ATTPs.

Soldiers and leaders can make contributions to revisions for the seven FMs by signing on to AKO, selecting the "Self Service Tab," then selecting "My Doctrine" and then "ATTP Pilot" or the URL: <a href="https://wiki.kc.us.army.mil/wiki/Portal:Army_Doctrine" target=_blank>https://wiki.kc.us.army.mil/wiki/Portal:Army_Doctrine</a>.

The seven FMs available for the pilot are:

- FMI 3-04.155 Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations
- FM 3-07.20 Modular Brigade Augmented for Security Force Assistance
- FM 3-21.9 The SBCT Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad
- FM 3-90.15 Site Exploitation
- FM 3-97.11 Cold Weather Operations
- FM 5-19 Composite Risk Management
- FM 6.01-1 Knowledge Management Section

While CAC officials are hoping to attract a large volume of Soldiers and leaders to contribute to the ATTPs' revision via the wiki test, they said the Army will also be exploring how to provide some governance over how TTPs are shared via wiki, with editing rules for submissions requiring authentication and expertise, similar to that used by the commercial tool Wikipedia.

This method of revising ATTPs could fill some of the knowledge gap between what students learn at TRADOC schools and the practical application in a fast-changing field environment, CAC officials said.

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