SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING
"I believe the Army should celebrate the fact that it is the nation's pre-eminent leadership experience. We've got to push ourselves to understand how we develop leaders."
- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the newly appointed chief of staff of the Army, emphasizing leader development as key to the ongoing success of Army
Army chief of staff visits Soldiers in Iraq
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"It's not going to make you a good leader. But it will help make you a better leader."
-Maj. Roger Cabiness, who has worked for nine months at search giant Google Inc. as part of an Army program that partners active-duty officers with industry, encourages the soon-to-be-commissioned West Point cadets to tap in to technology, to enhance communication with the Soldiers in their platoons.
Cadets discuss how social media applies to small Army units
INFORMATION YOU CAN USE
2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month:
- Army's SHARP Program
Month of the Military Child: Operation Military Kids website
Celebrate Diversity Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army
- African Americans in the US Army
- Hispanic Americans in the US Army
- Women in the US Army
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
- U.S. Army bloggers roundtable: Army unmanned aircraft operators
- One Soldier's experience with one nation under contract
- DoD inquiry clears McChrystal, for the record
- The axe to vets
- Working animals in Iraq
- Deployment resolutions
- Are you my daddy?
- PCS stress: Preparing for the emotional volcano
What is it?
ORION is an ecosystem of private, protected web-enabled professional forums for senior leaders in the Army's generating force. This initiative leverages the benefits of collaborative technologies in support of our senior leader forums and decision-making processes. Developed within milSuite, a collection of secure online tools that promote workforce collaboration across the Department of Defense, ORION provides a common, virtual workspace for leaders to interact on decisions, create and access shared documents, and share ideas around core activities and emerging initiatives. ORION provides the ability to establish private sub-communities, where members of varied synchronization and governance forums, staff groups, special task forces or tiger teams can easily connect and collaborate within their team space, and as applicable, horizontally across organizational boundaries.
What has the Army done?
ORION is currently being developed as a Chief Management Officer initiative through a partnership with the Chief Information Office (CIO)/G6, Office of Business Transformation (OBT), Vice Director of the Army Staff (VDAS), and Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO-C3T). Launched late in 2010, ORION Beta is used by the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Strategy Implementation Team, the Business Systems Information Technology Executive Steering Group, other OBT-facilitated initiatives, and most recently supported the Chief of Staff of the Army Transition Team.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
ORION is envisioned as a virtual workspace for Army generating force leaders that is seamlessly integrated with business operations. To facilitate this business transformation, OBT and CIO/G6 are co-sponsoring monthly knowledge management (KM) forums to establish a HQDA KM community of practice, promote the use of collaborative technologies and share lessons learned. Additionally, OBT and VDAS are conducting a review of senior leader forums with a partial objective of identifying forums in which collaborative technology can be used to replace some meetings, while making others more efficient and effective. The long term vision for ORION includes all applicable senior leader forums within the generating force having a shared private, virtual forum that supports ongoing collaboration and decision making.
Why is this important for the Army?
ORION enables simplified collaboration and greater efficiencies in arriving at informed decisions. Currently, the predominant ways that leaders in the generating force collaborate and make decisions are face-to-face meetings and email distribution. As we all experience on a daily basis, email is not an efficient collaboration tool, often requiring team members to sort through multiple "replies to all" and manage numerous drafts of the same document. And, face to face meetings are often difficult to arrange in a timely manner when aligning already overly-committed calendars. Furthermore, because leaders rotate through assignments, there is often insight about a key decision that resides in the organization but is not present in the room. To help overcome some of these challenges, ORION provides a common collaboration space that reduces primary dependency on mass email distribution and frequent face-to-face meetings to coordinate effort, develop and refine issues, and make decisions. Over time, ORION will serve as a dynamic knowledge repository around the body of a leadership team's work that can be readily accessed to support future decisions and onboard new team members.
STAND-TO! edition: Feb. 24, 2011 MilSuite
For more information or interest email the ORION team.
ABOUT THE ARMY
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- Running with Science: Army biomechanics expert opens research to help runners run right (The US Army)
- Army hopes survey will lead to end of ill-fitting uniforms, gear (Stars and Stripes)
- West Point squad wins Sandhurst Military Skills Competition (The US Army)
- General says fourth of personnel in BRAC move already at Bragg (Fayetteville Observer)
- Warrior pose part of rehab for Army veterans (NPR)
- Bases, agencies collaborate to focus on military children (Colorado Springs Gazette)
- Infant death: A Fort Bragg mother is consumed by the search for answers (Fayetteville Observer)
- Army health team testing for toxins amid tsunami debris in Japan (Stars and Stripes)
- U.S., Pakistan cannot allow ties to unravel: Mullen (Yahoo)
- Afghan troops train to spot rogue forces (Army Times)
- U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,431 (Seattle Times)
- U.S. is losing a savvy leader in Afghan war efforts (Washington Post)
- Video: Will uptick in violence derail U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan? (PBS)
- Can acupuncture help treat Gulf War Syndrome? (Stars and Stripes)
- Clemency sought for 'child soldier' at Guantánamo (Miami Herald)
- A new role for Honeywell's T-Hawk (Wall Street Journal)
- Opinion: Stigma of PTSD is costing U.S. lives (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
- Opinion: Helping wounded warriors a worthy 'duty' (San Antonio Express-News)
- 'Hawaii Five-O' teams with 25th CAB (The US Army)
- Talks on U.S. presence in Afghanistan after pullout unnerving region (Andhra News)
- Oil interest led to UK joining Iraq war' (Times of India)
- Pak schoolboy reveals how Taliban brainwashed him into becoming suicide bomber (Sify)
- Despite ban, Pakistan to issue 7,000 arms licences (Times of India)
- Pak-Afghan water talks under way (Dawn)
- NATO without U.S. can fulfil Libya aims, says Biden (Financial Times)
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