FM 7-0, Training for Full Spectrum Operations, 2008

Tuesday December 16, 2008

What is it?

FM 7-0 is a brigade-focused manual but applies to all modular formations. This manual represents the first time that the operational concepts in FM 3-0 and the training concepts in FM 7-0 have been completely synchronized. The FM is designed to train an expeditionary Army comprising Soldiers and civilians comfortable with operating anywhere along the spectrum of conflict in any type of operation, under any conditions.

What has the Army done?

This current rewrite of FM 7-0, which began over two years ago, focuses on the need to change the Army training mindset. The manual emphasizes a combat-seasoned force and the requirement to be able to conduct simultaneous offensive, defensive and stability or civil support operations anywhere on the spectrum of conflict. FM 7-0 incorporates the Army force generation process and introduces the concept of core mission essential tasks and the need to train on core full spectrum tasks until the unit is assigned a directed mission.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army will complete briefings to the generating force and operational Army, provide training support packages, and disseminate the completed FM 7-0 beginning Dec. 16, 2008. The Army is also building the Army Training Network (ATN) - a Web site that will implement the lessons, best practices and examples associated with the training and leader development concepts found in FM 7-0. The initial design of the ATN site has been completed and includes collaborative features, such as its own blog and a link to an ATN forum on the Battle Command Knowledge System. The next milestone is to provide an initial operating capability for ATN NLT mid-March 2009.

Why is this important to the Army?

The FM clearly signals the fact that the Army cannot return to the pre-9-11 focus on offensive and defensive operations in major combat operations. The FM provides commanders greater flexibility in how they manage training and also recognizes that because commanders cannot train on every task, they must accept some element of risk when preparing for missions.


For more information and to download a copy of the manual visit : Combines Arms Center Web site

POC for FM 7-0 is the Collective Training Directorate, Combined Arms Center-Training: Mr. Jimmy Davis; 913-684-7224 (DSN 552-7224)


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