Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL)

Friday January 27, 2006

The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) provides observations, insights, and lessons learned from units in combat, those undergoing transformation, and those rotating through the Army's combat training centers (CTCs).

The lessons are collected, analyzed, archived, and disseminated through a variety of print and electronic formats, with the CALL Web site at http://call.army.mil serving as the central repository. CALL is a U.S. Army organization but offers its wealth of information to the joint, interagency, and multinational community. CALL has enhanced its SIPRNET presence at https://call.army.smil.mil in order to interact with deployed units and disseminate classified information.

- One of the key services CALL provides is the request for information (RFI) system. CALL military analysts and subject matter experts search the archives for information and contact proponents to provide the information back to a requestor. RFIs vary from the tactical to strategic level and come from all ranks and duty positions. Turn around is generally less then 3 days with many completed in under 8 hours. Since March 2005 CALL has answered over 4,000 RFIs. Access the RFI system at http://call-rfi.leavenworth.army.mil/rfisystem/.

- Soldiers can play an important role in the lessons learned process by providing CALL with relevant observations, insights, or lessons from the field to be shared with the Army. Lessons may be submitted at https://call2.army.mil/forms/call/lessons.asp

- Since 11 September 2001, the Center for Army Lessons Learned has catalogued over 6,500 observations, published 394 publications, and written 32 Initial Impressions Reports (IIR). To request a CALL publication or see a listing of the latest publications visit http://call.army.mil/http://call.army.mil/

- The CALL Lessons Learned Division senior military analysts have provided Mobile Training Teams (MTT) to more than 48 active and reserve component units and commands in CONUS, Korea, Japan and Germany. Units can request an MTT prior to deployment by completing the online form at https://call2.army.mil/forms/call/mtt.asp

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Link to The Quadrennial Defense Review: Rethinking the U.S. Military Posture- by Andrew F. Krepinevich

The Quadrennial Defense Review: Rethinking the U.S. Military Posture- by Andrew F. Krepinevich

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • US Army sees reductions in National Guard, reserves (Reuters)
  • Report says Army close to 'snapping' (CSM)
  • Pentagon plan to restructure National Guard (BS | EB)
  • U.S. court dismisses challenge to extended Army duty (ABC News)
  • Few soldiers seek body armor compensation (AT)
  • U.S. commander believes he has a sufficient force to accomplish task (HC)
  • Soldiers, teachers, students swap lessons, roles (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Is the Army prepared to fight another Iraq-style war? (CSM)
  • Soldier killed, one wounded in roadside bomb blasts (AT)
  • Troops raid houses, detain 35 suspected insurgents (Newsday)
  • Strategy targets terror WMDs (WT)
  • Report: Insurgency has hurt rebuilding (MH)

OF INTEREST

  • Pentagon Watch: Plan calls for boost in special ops forces (USN)
  • Commentary: 'CENTCOM, drugs and Afghanistan' (WT)
  • Arab democracy doesn't always go America's way (ABC News)
  • Opinion: 'Tapping terrorist chatter' (FN)
  • U.S.-Cuba battle over billboard heats up (TS)
  • Al-Jazeera airs video of German hostages (MSNBC)
  • What Hamas' election victory means for the peace process (SLATE)
  • Pumping iron more than a sport in Iraq (YN)

WORLD VIEW

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The Institution provides the people, resources, quality of life, and infrastructure critical to the success of our Army. The Institutional base of the Army develops proud and disciplined Soldiers and leaders committed to Army values and living the Warrior Ethos. It serves as the foundation on which we will continue to accomplish our enduring mission of providing relevant and ready land forces and capabilities to the Combatant Commanders in support of the National Security and Defense Strategies.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey
Secretary of the United States Army

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