vital in transforming training
senior Department of Defense official recently cited Joint
Forces Command's top joint training priority, the Joint National
Training Capability, as one of the cornerstones of training
transformation in America's military.
American Forces Press Service
March 3, 2004) -- Transforming joint training in the Defense
Department is a continual journey, Paul W. Mayberry, deputy undersecretary
of defense for readiness, said at the Defense Transformation
Efforts and Opportunities Conference here last week.
are a nation at war," he said. "Because of our successes
in these theaters, some have questioned the need to transform,
but in fact it is the conditions from these wars that have only
reinforced our necessity to transform the way that we train.
world is complex and filled with uncertainty and surprise," he
added. "We no longer fight against known enemies with standing
armies, but rather against faceless networks of terrorists. These
adversaries try to exploit our weaknesses and they're agile enough
to change their tactics on a daily basis."
training, said Mayberry, must train commanders and staff at the
strategic, operational and tactical levels. "We must train
forces from top to bottom," he said. "(Forces) must
be able to adapt plans and structures even while en route to
theater. We must deliver training on demand as opposed to according
to pre-set schedules."
challenge and fundamental question, said Mayberry, is "How
do we prepare our forces to be successful under arduous conditions
against both known and unknown threats often operating in non-traditional
environments and employing tactics that morph daily?"
said capabilities-based training is the cornerstone for training
transformation. "We cannot prepare for everything; we cannot
do it all," he said. "We must have fundamental training
systems that are sufficiently dynamic as well as responsive to
changing and emerging requirements. (We) also have to be able
to prepare and deliver our forces anywhere and any time."
new joint capabilities support the training transformation vision:
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability, Joint
National Training Capability, and Joint Assessment and Enabling
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability must
be able to address "lifelong learning needs of the total
force," said Mayberry. "Our leaders must think intuitively
'joint.' They must be 'joint' earlier in their careers. We must
try to achieve a mindset of being 'born joint.'"
also is important to prepare forces collectively, said Mayberry. "We
need to build a robust, live, virtual and constructive training
environment that will provide training at the tactical as well
as operational levels of war." The JNTC seeks to leverage
the experiences and excellences of the services' major training
centers, he added.
is a) need to focus on measurement - to understand what we have
done," continued Mayberry. "Are we, in fact, having
capabilities that will enable success? What is the return of
our investment? Are we truly being transformational, or are we
just simply re-labeling things that we had on the books?" This,
he added, is the focus of the Joint Assessment and Enabling Capability.
goal is to enhance and measure joint performance, said Mayberry.
ability to train and educate must be focused on the ultimate
customer - the combatant commander," he added. "(We
must) provide an adaptability that will allow us to quickly turn
to different and emerging training requirements."