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Newsletter 11-35
July 2011

Introduction

This newsletter focuses on Army and Marine Corps training. It presents a diverse mix of training topics that cover home station, combat training centers, coalition forces, and the innovative use of technology. These articles encapsulate the "Train as You Fight" ethos and most demonstrate predeployment actions and combat operations in Afghanistan.

The high operational tempo and shifting missions in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) continue to highlight the importance and dynamics of training. Within the past two years, new training and operational requirements have had significant impacts on individuals, units, and operations. The International Security Assistance Force's mandate for female engagement teams and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan's directed minimum language training for deployed forces present both challenge and opportunity. The enemy's ability to quickly change improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) to counter friendly TTP places great demands on training to be current, proficient, flexible, and adaptive. New programs continue to evolve, such as the IED detector dog used by both services. Partnering with the Afghanistan National Army and operating with coalition partners creates additional training demands. This scenario highlights training as the warfighter's tool to develop leaders now and in the future for complex and full spectrum operations.

The ideas and positions presented in these articles reflect the opinions of the authors and, in some cases, may not be "approved" by the Army or Marine Corps. The recommendations in these articles should always be validated or considered against the backdrop of current Army, Marine Corps, and/or joint doctrine and accepted TTP.

The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) acknowledges and thanks the professional journals and authors who permitted the reproduction of these articles.

Minor modifications to format were made to support the CALL newsletter format. Pictures not referenced in the narrative were omitted. Every effort has been made to provide appropriate credit to the authors and professional journals.



 

 
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