Decisive Action Training Environment

Thursday March 8, 2012

What is it?

The National Training Center (NTC) executes its first Decisive Action (DA) Rotation with 3rd Brigade, 3rd ID, in March 2012. TRADOC developed the Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) to create a common training scenario for use throughout the Army. It features a hybrid threat reflective of the complexities of potential adversaries our nation could face in the 21st century. This threat includes guerrilla, insurgent, criminal, and near-peer conventional forces woven into one dynamic environment.

At the NTC, DA exercises provide a comprehensive approach to training Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational (JIIM) environment. In contrast to current COIN-based Mission Readiness Exercises (MREs), DA Rotations will allow units to fully exercise their Mission Essential Task List (METL) that supports the Army's core competencies: Wide Area Security (WAS) and Combined Arms Maneuver (CAM). DA scenarios will ensure BCTs are trained and ready to win the current fight, while maintaining responsiveness for future contingencies.

What has the Army done?

Analysis of U.S. Army combat engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan identified ability and skill gaps in our BCT formations as well as expanded roles for leaders at every level. FM 3-0, Unified Land Operations, advances the imperative that: Army leaders seize, retain and exploit the initiative to gain and maintain a position of relative advantage and sustain land combat in order to create the conditions for favorable conflict resolution. CAM and WAS capture the lessons of our recent past and blend them with the broader precepts of warfighting along with an emphasis on mission command.

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

As the ISAF mission transitions, the NTC will continue to cover down on Mission Readiness Exercises (MREs) as well as providing increased training opportunities in the near term for BCTs to plan, prepare and execute DA rotations that will include an adaptive enemy in a complex environment.

Why is this important to the Army?

It is imperative that the Army provide national security decision makers with scalable options and capable land forces to meet the nation's security needs in a complex and uncertain global environment. The live, virtual, and constructive training environment of the NTC produces adaptive leaders and agile forces for the current fight, who are responsive to the unforeseen contingencies of the 21st century.

Resources:

Documents: ADP 3-0, Unified Land Operations
Joint Publication 3-0, Joint Operations, 11 AUG 11

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