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Newsletter 11-20
March 2011

Introduction

The nature of recent challenges and the types of missions the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has undertaken highlight the need for the DOD to examine how the military prepares to work in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment. The interoperability and success of these forces will be predicated on how well they plan, prepare, and train together.

As interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational considerations continue to play a key role in joint operations there becomes an increasing need to incorporate JIIM at all levels of mission rehearsals, exercises, and other joint training. This newsletter is a collection of recently published JIIM training articles that provide leaders with information on current trends, initiatives, and opportunities to stimulate thought and facilitate the integration of JIIM into every level of training.

The first chapter focuses on the challenges commanders face in today's joint environment and the capabilities today's full-spectrum warrior must possess to be effective. The first article, by C. Spencer Abbot, discusses how the education and training of DOD personnel should reflect the vastly different threat environment that has arisen since the end of the Cold War and should be tailored to the missions and tasks that DOD will be asked to perform over the coming decades. Today, a joint warrior requires much more than the traditional kinetic or support skills that supported the Air, Land, Sea doctrine. The Afghanistan-Pakistan Hands training, as described in the third article, is just one example of a program that provides the intense language and cultural skills needed to be successful in a counterinsurgency environment.

In the second chapter the focus shifts to operating with other governmental agencies as demonstrated by today's provincial reconstruction teams. The last two articles in the chapter provide examples of innovative methods used to integrate training with other agencies.

The building of a successful coalition often hinges on interpersonal relationships. The chapter on intergovernmental and multinational considerations takes a look at training opportunities the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other organizations offer to prepare U.S. forces to better integrate with our coalition partners.

The last chapter contains two articles that cut across the JIIM community and provide ideas on shaping the education and training to prepare leaders for the challenges of diverse global operations of the future. Today's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines require further insight beyond the conventional expertise that today's military training provides. In this increasingly complex world, training for JIIM operations becomes ever more important to prepare for full-spectrum operations.


 

 
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