TRADOC ups its game for Association of the United States Army annual meeting
September 30, 2009
FORT MONROE, Va. (Sept. 30, 2009) - The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command is increasing its presence at the 2009 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., October 5 to 7.
"I'm excited about our role at AUSA," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC commander.
"We have deliberately inserted ourselves across all aspects of this important venue to clearly articulate how TRADOC is helping to build a balanced, versatile and campaign-quality Army for the 21st Century," he said.
TRADOC leaders will speak at nine of 11 ILW panels and host four presentations at the Sergeants' Corner of the Army exhibit. The theme focuses on how TRADOC is helping to build a balanced, versatile and campaign-quality Army, and how that Army is preparing for the uncertainties of future war, through five key initiatives in the TRADOC Campaign Plan: the final draft of the Army Leader Development Strategy (ALDS); Army Capstone Concept (ACC); Army Modernization Strategy; Army Training Concept (ATC); and Initial Military Training (IMT).
The final draft of ALDS describes how the Army will educate, train, and provide experiences to progressively develop leaders to conduct Full Spectrum Operations in a 21st Century security environment. It seeks to develop leaders within a flexible, relevant, and enduring framework that balances - training, educations, and experiences-and considers the development of leaders to be a career-long process.
ACC describes the broad capabilities the Army will require to apply finite resources to overcome adaptive adversaries in an era of complexity and uncertainty. The concept puts into operational terms Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey's vision of balancing the Army to win today's wars while describing how the future Army will fight.
The Army's Modernization Strategy defines the resource-informed balance of capabilities required to win the current fight while ensuring the versatility to adapt to the future operational environment.
TRADOC's role in the Army Modernization Strategy is to design a balanced and versatile force using key technology synchronized to the Army Force Generation process.
The ATC projects the requirements to replicate the complexity of the current fight to provide a richer training experience focused on the hybrid, networked, and decentralized threats we will most likely face in the future.
With the recent promotion of Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, deputy commanding general for IMT, TRADOC's initial military training mission will receive renewed focus. Topics covered will include Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, the roles of drill sergeants and platoon sergeants, and training for full-spectrum operations.
This year TRADOC will feature its initiatives in a display on the exhibit floor. Visitors will see uses of technology such as new training simulations based on real-life events in theater, and will better understand TRADOC's role as the concept and doctrinal lead for Army Modernization and the Ground Combat Vehicle.
The AUSA Annual Meeting will feature another TRADOC first when Dempsey will provide his own updates via social media. Readers can follow Dempsey's updates at http://www.twitter.com/Martin_Dempsey and http://tradoclive.dodlive.mil
"I'm going to personally engage in social networking because I recognize that the Web is where today's audiences are getting a lot of their information," he said. "TRADOC is in the business of developing agile, adaptive leaders ... I'm going to meet them where they want to engage."