Publications

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Handbooks

18-06 - Leader’s Guide to Digital Liaison Detachment handbook
PDF | Published 29 Dec 2017
This handbook provides leaders and supporting staff in the operational Army with an overview of how to plan, train, and leverage the capabilities of digital liaison detachments (DLDs) that render a critical capability for mission command liaison and interoperability. Also included are operational insights from Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) assessment teams during exercises Anakonda 16 and Saber Guardian 17. DLDs are assigned or attached to selected theater armies and Army Service component commands. They are employed at theater armies or in support of corps and division echelons. These teams provide an Army Forces (ARFOR) commander with the capability to conduct liaison with subordinate or parallel joint and multinational headquarters within the operational area.

18-04 - Mission Command in the Division and Corps Support Area Handbook
PDF | Published 21 Dec 2017
During warfighter exercises, it had become apparent that division and corps commanders were challenged with mission command of forces in their support areas. The commander of United States Army Forces Command directed commanders to establish a support area command post (SACP) to improve mission command. The Army’s new Field Manual (FM) 3-0, Operations (06 OCT 2017), incorporates this guidance by modifying the geographical organization of an area of operations. FM 3-0 scales down the size of the support area and adds a consolidation area. The consolidation area will be assigned to a maneuver brigade or division. This enables the maneuver enhancement brigade (MEB) to perform its traditional mission and focus efforts on operations in the support area. FM 3-0 formalizes the requirement for divisions and corps to establish a SACP (its doctrinal name, which is used throughout this handbook) to assist in controlling operations in the support and consolidation areas. This handbook provides divisions, corps, and their enablers several ways to implement recent guidance and doctrine for mission command in their support and consolidation areas. It provides the new doctrine that has been released in FM 3-0 as well as examples of how divisions and corps have employed their SACPs.

17-13: Tactical Combat Casualty Care Handbook, Version 5
PDF | Published 17 May 2017
Tactical Combat Casualty Care Handbook updated to reflect current best practices for 2017

17-03 Theater Security Cooperation: The Military Engagement Team Handbook
PDF | Published 20 Jan 2017
This handbook describes the Military Engagement Team (MET) and its use in strengthening and building partnerships. Additionally it describes MET structure, training and operational employment as well as its training and structure. This handbook will provide value for future MET members in order to better understand the MET. It is also useful for MET and non MET members alike who will be conducting engagements with partner nations.

17-01: Scouts in Contact; Tactical Vignettes for Cavalry Leaders Handbook
PDF | Published 08 Dec 2016
Looking for innovative ways to train junior leaders in reconnaissance? Look no further. Vignettes, developed by the subject matter experts at NTC, lead teams through a variety of scenarios that will challenge and mature your young reconnaissance leaders’ decision-making skills. Facilitator instructions guarantee you have the information needed to make you and your reconnaissance teams successful!

16-22 Joint Forces Command Operation United Assistance Case Study Handbook
PDF | Published 02 Aug 2016
The Department of the Army chose the Southern European Task Force to become the Army component headquarters for U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in December 2008. Subsequently, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) was designated as the Army Service component command (ASCC) for USAFRICOM in January 2012. The USAFRICOM commander directed USARAF to focus on four major tasks: - Supporting ongoing operations - Fulfilling Title 10, U.S. Code, responsibilities - Executing theater security cooperation missions - Deploying joint task force-capable headquarters USARAF, without assigned forces and the typical theater enablers, was presented a challenge in accomplishing its diverse missions. From its inception, USARAF has been dependent on other organizations, regionally aligned forces (RAF), and the global force management process to accomplish its mission. Operation United Assistance (OUA) provided a good laboratory in which to study the present theater army concept and to consider where it needs adjusting or modification in the future.

16-18 Multinational interoperability Reference Guide Handbook
PDF | Published 30 Jun 2016
The challenges and complexity of the future will require the Army to provide a broader range of capabilities to achieve strategic outcomes across a complex and diverse range of global missions. The Army Vision cites "integrate operations" as one of the unique roles performed by the Army, providing combatant commanders with foundational capabilities, to include headquarters capable of integrating joint, interagency, and multinational operations. In the future, the need for interoperability will extend to lower echelons of Army forces in order to effectively integrate smaller national contributions into multinational operations.

Musicians of Mars II
PDF | Published 12 Apr 2016
This handbook is a sequel to CALL Publication 90-06, The Musicians of Mars: A Story of Synchronization for the Company/Team Commander, June 1990. This short story was written to emphasize critical synchronization tasks, combat leadership principles, and factors for consideration, primarily for company/team commanders but also for leaders throughout tactical-level units. The importance of integrating and synchronizing available combat power, both lethal and nonlethal, in the decisive action environment against potential hybrid threats is critical to unit success on the battlefield. Musicians of Mars II is written from the perspectives of two company/team commanders and the task force commander in a deliberate defense scenario against a fictional hybrid threat, based on current worldwide potential threats. It explores successes and shortcomings in the planning, preparation and execution of the defense, providing considerations and points of emphasis for tactical leaders.

15-15 Unified Action Partners' Quick Reference Guide
PDF | Published 18 Sep 2015

This quick reference guide describes U.S. Army organizations, planning, and operations. Unified action partners (UAPs) are those military forces, of the private sector with whom U.S. Army forces plan, coordinate, synchronize, and integrate during the conduct of operations (Army Doctrine Reference Publication 3-0, Unified Land Operations).

UAPs include joint forces (activities in which elements of two or more U.S. military departments participate), multinational forces, and U.S Government (USG) agencies and departments. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars highlight the necessity for collaboration, cooperation, and synchronization among USG, NGOs, and private sector agencies to focus the elements of national power in achieving national strategic objectives. Our experience in these conflicts accentuates the importance of foreign governments, agencies, and militaries participating, in concert with the United States, to achieve common objectives. Meeting the challenges of complex environments, infused with fragile or failing nation states, non-state actors, pandemics, natural disasters, and limited resources, requires the concerted effort of all instruments of U.S. national power plus foreign governmental agencies, military forces, and civilian organizations.

15-12 The Brigade Engineer Battalion - A Leader’s Guide
PDF | Published 15 Jun 2015
Maneuver commanders rely on engineers to add breadth and depth to the overall understanding of the operational environment. The engineer perspective shares a common understanding of the operational environment, while adding a degree of focus on those aspects within an engineering background. The engineer, employing the common analytical framework and a unique technical background, identifies significant and relevant challenges and opportunities of potential impact to the combined arms operation.

15-11 Center for Army Lessons Learned Services Handbook
PDF | Published 15 Jun 2015
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) is an agent for change focused on the collection, analysis, dissemination, integration, and archiving of new concepts, best practices, and doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) solutions throughout the Army from the tactical through theater/strategic levels of war. This handbook should assist you in understanding CALL and how you and your unit can participate in, and profit from, the lessons learned program.

15-06 MDMP Lessons and Best Practices Handbook
PDF | Published 12 Mar 2015
Historically, a unit's success is directly related to the ability of the staff to execute the military decisionmaking process (MDMP). Given the increased complexity of today's operational environment and the vast array of mission command systems and processes, integration and synchronization of all activities associated with operations are increasingly difficult. Observations derived from deployed units, as well as from trainers at Combat Training Centers (CTCs) over the past decade, indicate a significant loss of unit ability to conduct a detailed MDMP. This lack of planning expertise results in de-synchronized operations, and could ultimately cost the lives of Soldiers. There are numerous key doctrinal manuals that address MDMP. This handbook is designed to consolidate much of this doctrine, combined with analysis of observations from recent deployments and CTC rotations, into a single source that is useful to junior leaders as they conduct the MDMP. More detailed study of the MDMP can be accomplished by studying the key doctrinal manuals listed in Chapter 13 of this handbook.

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Newsletters

18-08 Defense Institution Building Perspectives on Ministerial Advising Newsletter
PDF | Published 18 Jan 2018

The topics examined in this newsletter include the following:

  • How illicit actors function as primary roadblocks in the path to peace.
  • How the DIB program at the U.S. European Command works with partner nations to help these nations move toward intellectual interoperability with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • How NATO is building the Afghan government’s capacity to sustain itself into the future.
  • How to
    • Interact with senior foreign officials in the Islamic world.
    • Apply lessons learned when advising the Afghan Army Chief of the General Staff.
    • Address coalition lessons and responsibilities in Afghan corruption reform.
    • Advise the Afghan Minister of Defense.

CALL Insider Newsletter SEP-NOV 2017
PDF | Published 30 Nov 2017
Recently, I read an article from MAJ John Spencer at Modern War Institute and published in the Washington Post that really hit home for me. In “How the Military is Making it Hard to Remember our Wars,” MAJ Spencer notes the unfortunate loss of historical records during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because of a lack of individual knowledge and established procedures when we transitioned from paper-based to digitally-based records. The magnitude of this loss in terms of history and lessons for the Army is incalculable. Here at CALL, we are committed to collecting, archiving, and sharing lessons from the field, so the importance of units saving and forwarding that information to us cannot be overstated. This effort guides all of our actions.

CALL Insider Newsletter Jul-Aug 2017
PDF | Published 13 Sep 2017
This month we delivered several highly anticipated products that I am sure will benefit your units and formations. The “Radio and System Operators Handbook,” Version 2, updates one of our most requested products with step-bystep instructions for operating radios and systems up through Capability Set 15. We also released “Ten Fundamental Brigade Combat Team Skills Required to Win the First Fight” and “Fighting with Fires” in collaboration with the subject matter experts at the National Training Center. I think you will find these Newsletters useful as you prepare for decisive action rotations.

17-19: Ten Fundamental Brigade Combat Team Skills Newsletter
PDF | Published 07 Aug 2017

Ten Fundamental Brigade Combat Team Skills Required to Win the First Fight

This newsletter consists of ten chapters focusing on ten fundamental skills designed to communicate doctrinal solutions to the persistent observations from the National Training Center. The goal is to better prepare brigade combat teams to decisively win the first fight of the next war. These fundamental skills will enable leaders at echelon to quickly understand issues and change their training strategies, as required.
1. Commander-driven operations process
2. Combined arms breaching
3. Decisive action in an urban environment
4. Operations in a cyber electromagnetic activities (CEMA)-denied environment
5. Reconnaissance and security
6. Digital fires capability (sensor to shooter)
7. Counterfire
8. Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) in decisive action
9. Joint force integration and interoperability
10. Sustainment in decisive action These ten fundamental skills were derived from senior leader input, persistent observations, and trends. They will be re-evaluated and updated regularly to ensure the National Training Center operations group provides the best feedback to the force that will enable brigade combat teams’ success.

CALL Insider Newsletter May-Jun 2017
PDF | Published 11 Jul 2017
CALL Insider include two catalogs we produced last month based on topics trending in the Army community. Subterranean Ops and Counter-Weapons of Mass Destruction both provide the user with a compilation of doctrine, handbooks, information papers, after action reports, and historical documents that CALL analysts determined were relevant and would assist Soldiers and unit leaders.

17-17: DATE at the JMRC, Volume IV Newsletter
PDF | Published 23 Jun 2017
The DATE at the JMRC Newsletter Vol IV contains articles written by Observer/Controller Trainers from the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. This newsletter covers topics such as:
- Multinational Interoperability
- Joint and multinational Fires
- Fratricide Avoidance
- Mission Command
- Camouflage
- Reconnaissance using multinational Task Force

This newsletter is a must read for any organization attending any CTC or any event partnering with multinational forces.

CALL Insider Newsletter Mar-Apr 2017
PDF | Published 12 May 2017
We are nearing the end of a busy spring with the release of several great publications that I hope you will take time to read and share.

CALL Insider Newsletter Jan-Feb 2017
PDF | Published 07 Mar 2017
Several of our newly released products are highlighted in this Jan-Feb 2017 issue of the CALL Insider Newsletter.

CALL Insider Newsletter Nov-Dec 2016
PDF | Published 19 Jan 2017
Happy 2017! At the beginning of every year it is always appropriate to not only look forward and plan for the year ahead, but also to take some time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments. I have been director at CALL for almost six months, and in that time I have gained an appreciation for our people, our products, and our mission. In 2016, we remained true to our objective of providing timely and relevant knowledge to the Warfighter by developing several outstanding products and remaining responsive to the Army’s needs.

17-02: DATE at the JRTC, Volume XIV
PDF | Published 19 Dec 2016

The Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) turned to decisive action training with what was called, at the time, a full spectrum operations (FSO) rotation in October 2010. The shift to a decisive action training environment (DATE) did not lessen the challenges of FSO; it merely placed them inside DATE as a more accurate depiction of unified land operations.

Regardless of rotational design (FSO versus DATE), company-level leaders find decisive action a challenge for themselves, their Soldiers, and their units. As the opposition force (OPFOR) in the DATE, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Geronimo) made the DATE rotation at the JRTC a “school of hard knocks.” For those company-level leaders, a JRTC DATE rotation was combined arms maneuver (CAM) centric.

This newsletter is about company-level CAM, concentrating on basics for company leaders and their units. When reading it, think home-station training. Units that get after the basics discussed here during home-station training fare better against Geronimo. Those that do not will prove themselves a meal ready-to-eat for the Geronimo personnel.

Newsletter 16-30: DATE at the NTC Vol. IV
PDF | Published 04 Oct 2016
This volume is the fourth installment of the NTC decisive action series published by the Center for Army Lessons Learned. It represents our commitment to the ongoing professional discussion of how the Army, as the component responsible for imposing the will of the Nation upon our enemies, achieves decisive action by means of our core competencies.

16-27: Pacific Pathways Lessons and Best Practices Newsletter
PDF | Published 27 Sep 2016
This newsletter is the final document of a series consisting of three initial impression reports (IIRs) documenting Pacific Pathways 15.

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News from the Front

News From the Front: Setting the Theater in the Pacific
PDF | Published 18 Jan 2018
The purpose of this document is to show, in a publically releasable format, how USARPAC postured land domain capabilities to set the theater and contribute to security and stability in the Pacific region. The insights offered in this document are based on previous collections and therefore are a snapshot in time. As the situation evolves in this theater, so do the support requirements for specific operation plans, concept plans, and other requirements established in the geographic combatant commander’s (GCC’s) theater campaign plan. Therefore, this document merely provides a framework for staff to consider as they ponder and refine their own plans. Other ASCC staff’s may find this a useful model to assist in seeing themselves as they plan to set their theaters.

NFTF: Leveraging the Interagency - Insights from the U.S. Dept of State Leadership
PDF | Published 11 Jan 2018
This Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) NEWS FROM THE FRONT (NFTF) provides insights, informed perspectives based on experiences, and highlights lessons and best practices provided by seasoned Department of State (DOS) personnel. The intent is to inform Army and Department of Defense (DOD) personnel at the echelons above brigade (EAB) level about valued skills that DOS personnel bring to the fight, inspire additional exploration and discussion about similarities and differences between the two Departments, and help build a stronger Interagency partnership.

NFTF: The "By, With, Through" Approach: An ASCC Perspective
PDF | Published 20 Dec 2017
This News From The Front (NFTF) highlights the impact of unsettled definitions on the Theater Army’s support to the Joint Force Commander in the BWT prosecution of Operation Inherent Resolve. It examines the By-With-Through (BWT) from the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) perspective. It argues the point of view that the operational approach needs more analysis in order optimally employ BTW. In fact, a deeper understanding of the implications of BWT will very likely inform the future training and preparation for the US Army's Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB).

NFTF: Multi-Domain Battle in Pacific Sentry 17-03
PDF | Published 04 Dec 2017
This News From The Front presents key leader insights, lessons, and best practices in operationalizing the concept of multi-domain battle (MDB) during exercise Pacific Sentry 17-03 as described by U.S., joint, and allied leadership and exercise participants. It provides insights from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), and a multinational partners' perspective (Australia [AUS]). It is the first in a series of publications focused on MDB throughout the Asia-Pacific region that will be used to inform a Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) Multi-Domain Battle Special Study.

NFTF - Refocusing Counterinsurgency (COIN) Centric Fire Support
PDF | Published 01 Dec 2017
The United States and its allies must close the fire support gap to achieve a position of maneuver advantage if faced with a large-scale combat operation against a conventional peer threat. The gap must not only be closed in terms of organizing, equipping and manning. Commanders and their staffs must close this gap by refocusing the COIN-centric fire support mindset and begin to synthesize the targeting effort through the lens of a combined arms formation.

NFTF - Commander’s Perspective: CJFLCC Operations in Iraq Insights from MG Joseph M. Martin Commanding General
PDF | Published 29 Nov 2017
This News From the Front paper summarizes the key insights from an end of tour interview with MG Joseph Martin, Commanding General (CG), 1st Infantry Division and Combined Joint Force Land Component Command - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJFLCC?OIR). The interview, conducted at the conclusion of his tour, in Iraq on July 12, 2017, contained focus areas that capture best practices and lessons learned during his tenure as the CG.

NFTF - Operating in the Interorganizational Environment: Insights from U.S. Army Africa
PDF | Published 28 Nov 2017
U.S. military leaders and planners must understand the purpose and mission of the many governmental, nongovernmental (NGO) and international organizations in the area of operations to facilitate collective cooperation. This paper highlights some challenges the U.S. Army faces when operating in the interorganizational environment and provides insights to enhance collaboration to achieve mutual objectives. These insights were collected during the civilian-led Interorganizational Tabletop Exercise (ITX) conducted in Washington D.C., hosted by the U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP) in conjunction with the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Joint Staff J-7 Exercise Directorate from 17 ? 20 July 2017.

NFTF: Religious Affairs in the Horn of Africa
PDF | Published 01 Nov 2017
U.S. Armed Forces chaplaincies support various joint operations in order to accommodate religious needs, provide religious and pastoral care, and also advise commanders on the complexities of religion with regard to personnel and mission, as appropriate. Religious affairs in joint military operations play a vital role in supporting commanders throughout the operational area, in alignment with the commander's overall theater security program. Religious affairs is not often used by commanders as a "first choice multiplier" during military engagements with our friends and allies; however, it can be effective in building relationships for the long term. This news from the front (NFTF) article discusses a program known as Voices of Religious Tolerance (VORT) which was employed in Afghanistan, Jordan, and Somalia, and provides a way to involve religious affairs to support countering extremist ideas. This NFTF should be useful to religious affairs teams attempting to use this program or build a similar one.

NFTF - 1-153 IN Regt, Task Force Warrior CJTF-HOA Pre-deployment Activities
PDF | Published 01 Nov 2017
The Army Reserve and National Guard participation with the active component providing support for theater security operations and exercise both CONUS and OCONUS has increased drastically over the past 15 years. Army Reserve and National Guard units are given the maximum time possible between the date alerted and the date required to report for active duty. Some units may be alerted, but not actually begin active duty for several weeks. However, under mobilization conditions, an emergency situation may require extremely short active duty notice. This news from the front (NFTF) provides insights into one National Guard battalions mobilization process as it prepared to deploy to the Horn of Africa.

NFTF: Training to Improve Basic Combat Skills
PDF | Published 24 Oct 2017
The purpose of this article is to illustrate how ROTC Cadet Command approached improving basic combat skills and fieldcraft through command emphasis, mission command, and the eight-step training model. While Cadet Command’s efforts are what inspired this document, the lessons and best practices are applicable for training programs for most junior Army leaders. This Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) document was produced with the cooperation and input of ROTC Cadet Command and ROTC Advanced Camp cadre and staff.

NFTF: COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE Operations and Targeting Board
PDF | Published 09 Aug 2017
This NFTF gives an overview of the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Operations and Targeting Board (OTB). The function of the OTB is to outline, de-conflict, and synchronize operations conducted in the Combined Joint Operations Area (CJOA) for the short-medium timeframe. The ultimate goal of the OTB is to maintain transparency while developing the CJTF-OIR Priority of Effort (PoE) and which informs the Weight of Effort (WoE) applied to each named operation. The WoE is then used to develop the Strike Allocation in order to communicate the Commander's intent for air asset apportionment during the execution week.

NFTF: U.S. Army Support to the ACOTA Program
PDF | Published 02 Jun 2017
This News from the Front article briefly discusses the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program and the 1-153’s mission in support of ACOTA. Specifically, this paper provides an example of U.S. Forces deployed to Africa engaging in a train and assist role to prepare a Ugandan mortar platoon for its upcoming peacekeeping mission to Somalia. This article can be used by small unit leaders deploying to Africa to prepare themselves and their units for an ACOTA mission.

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Other Products

News From the CTC: The OPSYNC Best Practices
PDF | Published 18 Jan 2018
The Purpose of this document is to inform battalion and brigade leaders and staff on the importance of the operations synchronization meeting, and share lessons, best practices and examples of implementation. This document was informed by more than eighteen months of study, coaching, and mentoring from the JRTC OC/T task forces. The operations synchronization meeting (OPSYNC) is one of the central processes discussed during CTC rotations and is often the point of considerable frustration by battalion and BCT staffs. As a generation of leaders re-calibrate under the decisive action training environment (DATE), staffs are discovering the difficulty associated with harmonizing a diverse combat organization. Arriving at JRTC without developed processes and procedures necessary to synchronize the full capabilities of the BCT, units struggle to achieve mass and maintain momentum through transitions. While this deficiency is likely the result of several contributing factors, the proximate cause is the absence of an organized method to transition concepts into precise action. Ultimately, BCT staffs understand the importance of an OPSYNC, but fail to implement the process in sufficient detail necessary to withstand the complexity and turbulence of the battlefield. Succumbing to the weight of competing demands, the OPSYNC is never fully actualized as the centerpiece of the staff's daily battle rhythm.

18-07 - U.S. Army Europe: Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration
PDF | Published 03 Jan 2018
This bulletin provides lessons and best practices for units deploying to the U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) area of responsibility (AOR) as well as units supporting (theater and strategic enablers) these deployments. Specifically, it chronicles the deployment of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT)/4th Infantry Division (ID), located at Fort Carson, CO, to Poland in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve (OAR). The bulletin addresses questions within Army Warfighting Challenge Learning Demand No. 20, Develop Capable Formations.

18-05 - Strategic Landpower in Europe Special Study
PDF | Published 29 Dec 2017
U.S. ground forces are transitioning away from a period of sustained large-scale counterinsurgencies and preparing for future conflicts. The evolution of ground operations foretell a synthesis of counterinsurgency versus traditional warfare, unconventional versus conventional, and irregular versus regular for future military engagements in Europe. Through a review of the geopolitical environment and strategic and operational theater missions, this study examines not only the role of the ASCC in theater, but also lessons and best practices that can be leveraged for future missions. The primary objective of this special study is to inform Army and joint leaders, and their staffs about the current state and future evolution of U.S. landpower in Europe. The intent is to provide a holistic overview of current landpower in Europe. Staffs, Soldiers, and leaders of USAREUR; its enablers; and the units stationed, deployed, and rotating through Europe can use this study to develop an understanding of the operational environment not available elsewhere. Army Service component commands (ASCCs) and units in other areas of responsibility may find this study a useful model for "seeing themselves." The primary target audience is the theater ground component commander and ASCC staffs. The secondary audience includes Department of Army staff, joint staff, and unified action partners.

Bulletin 18-02 - Executing Knowledge Management in Support of Mission Command: A Primer for Senior Leaders
PDF | Published 08 Dec 2017
This primer was developed using lessons learned from Soldiers in the field and the Combat Training Centers, has been prepared by the Army Knowledge Management Proponent. It is intended to provide senior Army leaders a concise understanding of KM and what they can do to improve important organizational processes (e.g., the military decisionmaking process and operations process). It briefly discusses basic KM concepts, the roles of senior leaders in KM, and provides some techniques senior leaders may choose to employ in managing a KM program.

17-28 - CTC Trends FY16 Bulletin
PDF | Published 26 Oct 2017
This CTC Trends Bulletin identifies trends for fiscal year 2016 across the CTCs, based on observations from observer–coach/trainers (OC/Ts) and collection and analysis teams from the Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL), with support from various Army Centers of Excellence. A trend is defined in Army Regulation 11-33, Army Lessons Learned Program (14 JUN 2017), as “an identified issue or best practice supported by three or more observations from multiple sources within a reasonable period.” CALL collects observations, best practices, and training results from OC/Ts at the CTCs; analyzes them; and compiles them annually in a publication. Organized by Army tactical tasks from the Army Universal Task List, these CTC trends reflect both positive performance (sustains) and areas that need emphasis (improves). CTC trends provide valuable information to units developing and executing training for deployment to a CTC or an operational environment. Each chapter includes recommendations for units to successfully execute identified tasks. This provides a reference for training emphasis at home station. Additionally, identifying and analyzing trends allow doctrine writers, training developers, and other Army problem solvers to receive successful techniques and identify gaps in capability for doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, and personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) solutions. Applying the lessons learned at the unit or the institutional level from trends that are identified enables the Army to be a continually learning organization.

News from the CTC: Intelligence Support to Sustainment
PDF | Published 24 Oct 2017
Today’s Army Logisticians rely on a robust intelligence enterprise to provide timely and accurate information to deter threats and minimize interruptions to sustainment operations. Within combat sustainment support battalions (CSSBs), the intelligence cell is required to provide intelligence information to support current and future operations and plans. The Army’s active duty and reserve CSSBs test this support requirement regularly at the combat training centers (CTCs).

17-21 Permanent Executive Secretariat of the Conference of American Armies Vol II Bulletin
PDF | Published 22 Aug 2017
The CAA conducts a two-year cycle of specialized conferences/exercises hosted by different member armies. Each cycle ends in a preparatory meeting that reviews the accomplishments of the previous two-year cycle and approves the agenda for the forthcoming conference and Commander's Conference of the American Armies (CCAA). The CCAA is conducted by the army hosting the Permanent Executive Secretariat CAA (or PESCAA) for that particular cycle. Hosting of the PESCAA voluntarily rotates every two years. The host nation serves as the CAA headquarters responsible for coordinating all current cycle CAA activities in addition to hosting the preparatory meeting and commander?s conference. This bulletin contains valuable information to inform leaders from all conference member nations on the goals, processes, and procedures as a contributing army and prepares them to assume the critical role of leading the PESCAA in the future. This publication is the second volume, in a series of three, produced for the CAA. It is a ?how to? guide outlining the structure and operation of the two-year cycle of events, culminating in the transfer ceremony of the CAA cycle.

News from the CTC Brigade Combat Team Army Health System Operations
PDF | Published 11 Aug 2017
News From The CTC written by NTC Medical Observer Controllers. This article discusses medical best practices at the Battalion and Brigade level. Useful for medical professionals, planners and sustainment personnel involved with medical operations.

News From the CTC: Religious Support Planning in the Decisive Action Training Environment
PDF | Published 07 Aug 2017
Unit ministry teams (UMTs) familiar with counterinsurgency and/or unfamiliar with decisive action training environment (DATE) scenarios face numerous challenges when attempting to develop religious support plans. Current challenges facing UMTs include inadequate doctrinal understanding and execution of the operations process; heavy dependence upon past and outdated tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs); deficiencies in effective staff integration; and the struggle to understanding roles and responsibilities at the brigade UMT level. In this article, the authors discuss these challenges and provide a way forward for UMTs attending the Joint Readiness Training Center to develop doctrinally sound and integrated religious support plans for DATE scenarios.

Air Land Sea Bulletin Issue 2017-1
PDF | Published 04 Apr 2017
This Air Land Sea Bulletin (ALSB) is an open forum offering a wide mix of lessons learned, current status, and future considerations for warfighters. It contains a variety of articles that provide thought-provoking viewpoints and showcase the ingenuity and flexibility of United States (US) Service men and women.

GTA 03-08-002 Contaminated Casualty Care
PDF | Published 23 Jan 2017

This GTA provides US and Coalition service-members, units, and unified action partners (UAP) a quick pocket reference on how to efficiently treat casualties in a CBRNE- contaminated environment. Mainly for use by brigade combat teams (BCTs) and smaller units, it's organized to first provide self and buddy aid guidance, then progresses to a pictorial layout, equipment list and instruction to operate a more deliberate casualty decontamination site (with a doctrinal reference for more detail). The remaining cells provide symptoms' guidance for various types of CBRN agents and helps enable medical and non-medical personnel quickly differentiate between heat injuries and nerve agent poisoning. It closes with specific guidance on administering nerve agent antidote by injection, and uses pictures to help differentiate between the new and old model injectors.

The GTA is ideal for home station training (HST) and dirt CTCs for echelons up to BCT-level, but can also be used for any training event or operational deployment with a potential CBRNE threat, to include homeland operations (HLO) and CWMD in the Republic of Korea (ROK), the ARCENT AOR or elsewhere. This GTA will be an attachment a future CALL Handbook on Combat Casualty Care (whose main body has no reference to contaminated casualty care).

Bulletin 16-26: Permanent Executive Secretariat Conference of American Armies Volume I: A Cycle Guide
PDF | Published 31 Aug 2016
This bulletin contains valuable information to aid leaders, from all Conference of American Armies (CAA) member nations, in their knowledge on the goals, processes, and procedures as a contributing army, as well as, to better prepare them to assume the critical role of leading the CAA Permanent Executive Secretariat (PESCAA) in the future.

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