Joint Munitions Command supervisors attended a virtual Strategic Thinking Workshop facilitated by the Army Management Staff College. The three-day workshop included a half day for participants to make presentations to senior leaders. This workshop was designed for JMC to identify specific challenges, close skill gaps, and enable JMC leaders to utilize strategic techniques to enhance their abilities and more effectively influence decisions.
The primary focus for leaders was the JMC FY22 Campaign Plan, specifically the four Lines of Effort. The objectives of the workshop were to understand strategic thinking competencies and enablers, describe components of building strategic relationships, and identify opportunities to communicate strategically. The workshop was broken down into four seminars, with each seminar developing potential process improvements for the strategic path ahead.
Opening remarks were given by Ms. JoEtta Fisher, the JMC deputy to the commander and executive director for ammunition. “As we move through the changes that the modernization effort will require we must also transform our talent. Army Management Staff College designed this workshop specifically for JMC with our needs and challenges in mind. The ammo enterprise leaders need to be able to leverage these strategic skills as we begin to transform the workforce.” said Fisher.
Four projects were presented on the JMC Lines of Effort including: Soldier, Civilian, & Family Readiness, Strategic Readiness, Future Force, and Strategic Divestiture. The individual groups presented their strategic challenges and process improvements by outlining their analysis with a directed focus area, strategic issues, context, implications, problem statement, proposed actions, expected results, and strategic risk. This workshop allowed senior leaders to bring their vast background, knowledge, and experience to strategically focus and develop process improvements outside their usual scope of expertise, and develop strategic skills that ammo enterprise leaders will need to develop our future force.
“By attending this workshop, I gained a better perspective outside my own Directorate. Training sessions like these will build better leaders for tomorrow,” said John Campbell, JMC deputy chief of staff for resource management directorate.
Closing remarks were provided by Col. Todd Burnley, JMC chief of staff. “Thanks to all the senior leaders who were able to participate in this strategic workshop. The main takeaway in each area is to identify the scope and go after the challenges with the most impact.” stated Burnley.
Supervisors will continue to utilize the tools developed from the Strategic Thinking Workshop and provide knowledge transfer to their teammates in order to ensure JMC is deliberate in its strategic thinking approach in all aspects of the mission.