FORT MONROE, Va. (Aug. 18, 2009) - For the first time, bloggers and journalists are attending the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's semi-annual TRADOC Senior Leaders Conference (TSLC) in Gettysburg, Pa. from Aug. 18 to 20.

TRADOC has invited writers from Small Wars Journal ( and The National Journal to bring the discussion to your computer. The Small Wars Journal discussion board has allowed readers to ask questions before and during TSLC.

"We're communicating with our Soldiers in ways that I think maintain that sense of purpose, allow them to see what we're trying to do, and in some cases take their advice," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, TRADOC commanding general, during a recent interview.

Titled "Next Battles", TRADOC leaders will discuss what changes are going on within the organization to prepare Soldiers for what lies ahead.

"The focus of our discussions during the TSLC will be on the TRADOC Campaign Plan. We will also examine how TRADOC's TCP aligns with and complements the Human Capital Enterprise," he said.

The bloggers and journalists are attending staff outings and general sessions while providing live coverage throughout the conference. Sessions will center around changes within TRADOC and measures being taken to support the warfighter.

"The outcomes we seek are flexibility and resilience to hedge against future uncertainty," said Dempsey.

Traditionally, TSLC has been reserved for promotable colonels and higher ranking officers. This will be the first TSLC covered by outside media in conjunction to internal public affairs.

TRADOC is the Army's proponent for Soldier education, concept development, and doctrine development.