The Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) Program

Thursday May 22, 2008

What is it?

The Center for Army Leadership has launched the Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) program, a confidential and focused online assessment tool that promotes self-awareness for individual leader development in today's complex operational environment. MSAF provides individual feedback to leaders related to the eight leadership competencies as described in FM 6-22, Army Leadership. The results are provided directly and confidentially to the leader. Commanders may be provided with a roll-up analysis identifying strengths and weaknesses in their organization, while individual assessments remain confidential.

What has the Army done?

The MSAF was started as a pilot program in February 2004 to raise self-awareness and guide skill improvement for Army leaders: 97 percent of pilot participants agreed the program concept was worthwhile. This pilot led to a web-enabled system to efficiently gather data on leadership competencies outlined in FM 6-22. MSAF applies to all domains of training and education (self-development, institutional and operational), all cohorts (officers and warrant officers, NCOs and Army Civilians), and all components, both Active (AC) and Reserve (RC). Individual feedback is confidential and may be from any combination of peers, subordinates and superiors.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Individuals will be required to initiate an assessment prior to attending professional military education or civilian education system courses. For organizations within the operating force, AC brigades will be scheduled every three years and RC brigades every six years to participate in the program. Organizations within the generating force will be scheduled every five years. Individuals may utilize the MSAF at other times on their own initiative. The organizational MSAF reports will be provided to commanders identifying strengths and weaknesses within their units related to leadership competencies, providing valuable feedback for organizational leader development.

Why is this important to the Army?

Soldiers deserve outstanding leadership. The MSAF provides a 360-degree approach that is widely used in both the government and the private sector to navigate leadership challenges in today's complex operational environment. The Army is responding to the challenges of the 21st century by encouraging creativity, agility and adaptability among its leaders. The MSAF program is a tool that provides leaders with confidential assessments and feedback, promoting self-awareness and ensuring leadership relevancy and readiness in today's dynamic operating environment.

Resources:

MSAF assessment instruments and feedback are accessed by logging on to MSAF AKO

To learn more about MSAF and other leader tools log on to
AKO Center for Army Leadership via AKO

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

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NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Memorial Day Ceremony to honor military heroes at Arlington National Cemetery (ARNews)
  • $200M may be cut from program (EP)
  • Wounded warriors on road 2 recovery (ARNews)
  • Soldiers select two TARDEC projects for 2007 Army Greatest Inventions (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. very careful with al-Sadr (SFC)
  • Commander: Al-Qaida in Iraq is at its weakest (NPR)
  • Iraqi forces load up on U.S. arms (USA)
  • Pakistan and Taliban agree to army's gradual pullback (NYT)
  • India, Pakistan sign pact on access to prisoners (ST)
  • Gates says Iraq 'endgame' in sight, but warns against hasty pullout (Yahoo)
  • Petraeus: Diplomacy, not force, with Iran (WP)
  • NATO extends Afghanistan tours (CSM)

OF INTEREST

  • Fear of troop exodus fuels debate on G.I. Bill (NYT)
  • Battlefield scars often carry over to bedroom, troops find (HC)
  • ARL supports award-winning engine technology (ARNews)
  • Military wives fight Army to help husbands (NPR)

WORLD VIEW

  • Pakistan troops to vacate Swat (AJ | Story)
  • China a growing threat in space and cyberspace, U.S. military says (IHT | Story)
  • Barak: Israel and Syria must make painful concessions (JP | Story)
  • Hizbollah's Lebanon veto power boosts Iran's Middle East influence (LT | Story)
  • Iran nuclear plans could trigger Mideast arms race (AB | Story)
  • UN head tours cyclone-hit Burma (BBC | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • He fought to deploy (SM)
  • Shooting up the Quran (Rofasix)
  • New Orleans levee leaking again; vulnerable to storm (USA)
  • Coming to terms over growing children (QMBL)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

May 2008:
- Asian - Pacific Heritage Month

- Mental Health Month:

- Army Behavioral Health

- DOD Military Health System

Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"U.S. Army Aviation modernization, with an emphasis on future force interoperability, is one of the Army's major challenges over the next 10 years. The primary goal is to transition from the current point-to-point communication methodologies to a net-centric enabled capability, while maintaining current force interoperability."

- Scott Dennis, director of the Aviation Systems Integration Facility

AMRDEC team earns 2008 American Helicopter Society Award

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