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 will share, collaborate, and learn in a realistic Joint context with other Services and Joint battle staffs. The advantage of incorporating Joint context throughout ones’ training is the intuitive infusion of Joint knowledge capabilities by leaders where and when needed on the battlefields of today and into the future.
What has the Army done?
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army JKDDC supports TRADOC’s Campaign Plan by leveraging the emerging Centers of Excellence (CoE) and Proponent Training Institutions that already develop training that complements a Soldier’s operational experience. JKDDC will build on existing training and education 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.
Why is this important to the Army? Army JKDDC will build Joint context into individual training, deliver it at the right place and time, and use the right delivery venue e.g. institutional, functional, mobile training teams, or distributed learning (dL). It will leverage other services’ joint knowledge content thus avoiding redundant spending on common joint training requirements. Army JKDDC will be agile enough to support emerging training strategies or requirements, e.g. the Joint Center for International Security Force Assistance (JCISFA) training for Transition Teams (TT) in OIF and OEF. The strategy centers on the Army’s TRADOC and subordinate CoEs, in collaboration with the JKDDC JMO, to incorporate necessary Joint, Inter-governmental, Inter-agency, Multi-national (JIIM) context into training.