FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- The seventh Training and Doctrine Conference between the U.S. and Republic of Korea Armies was held at TRADOC headquarters Dec. 12 and 13.

The conference follows the Army's approach to building partnership capacity by engaging with other allies, such as ROK, to co-develop mutually beneficial capabilities and capacities that work toward shared global interests.

"These are our friends and the way we've designed these Training and Doctrine Conferences is to both engage our friends and allies to let them know what we are thinking and to receive ideas from them as well," said Brig. Gen. Robert Dyess, director of Requirements Integration Directorate, Army Capabilities Integration Center.

Dyess hosted the conference and served as the U.S. head of delegation. The head of delegation for ROK was Maj. Gen. Wan-Gu Kang, assistant chief of staff for doctrine development.

During the conference, the U.S. delegation presented briefings about the Army Profession, officer training, Doctrine 2015 and the Army Learning Model.

"This training and doctrine conference lived up to its name because we talked about doctrine development all the way through to training execution," Dyess said.

The Korean delegation briefed U.S. leaders about the latest with the ROK army's leadership center, doctrine development and institutional education.

The TDC revealed many similarities between the U.S. and ROK TRADOCs, such as operating with constrained resources and downsizing, and training in technology-enabled worlds.

Dyess believes TRADOC's role is to drive the Army to look to the future to determine not only where the Army is now - to establish the baseline - but also to where the Army wants to go in the future.

The gaps left between now and the future can be filled in part by engagements like the TDC that incorporate perspectives from U.S. allies in different locations.

"That is what I think is beneficial with having relationships with our coalition partners, said
Dyess. Korea sent a division to Iraq -- so they participate in combat operations and they have lessons learned and I think it is important to get their perspective on what they think the gaps and threats are going to be."

Each TDC ends with the signing of "Agreed to Actions" signed by the heads of delegations to check progress and development of initiatives identified during the briefings and discussions.

One of the agreements is to hold another Training and Doctrine Conference near the end of 2012 in Korea.

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