Army Knowledge Management Proponent (AKM)

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Army Knowledge Management Proponent

AKM Mission Statement

The Army Knowledge Management Proponent delivers knowledge management capabilities and capacity across DOTMLPF-P domains to meet Army and Joint requirements for the successful planning, integration, and execution of knowledge management throughout the Total Force.


Why KM is Important

  • --“Military operations are human endeavors characterized by the continuous, mutual adaptation of give and take, moves and countermoves among all participants (FM 6-0 2011).” The participants that are able to adapt and learn more efficiently will create advantages that can be exploited. The Army has moved towards mission command as the means to be more adaptable and able to execute in a decentralized manner. One of the key enables for an organization to learn and adapt is through the use of knowledge management.
  • --Effective knowledge management enhances the shared understanding of an organization. The command and staff possess a shared understanding of the OE and mission that allows for a synergy of effort between commanders, staffs, and subordinate commands.
  • -- Knowledge management facilitates mission command’s ability to use mission type orders that promote initiative within the commander’s intent. If done properly trust is built within the organization, shared understanding is generated, and the result is a learning organization.

  • Knowledge Management Definition

    The process of enabling knowledge flow to enhance shared understanding, learning, and decisionmaking. (What)

    • -- through creation, organization, integration, and sharing of knowledge (How)
    • -- between leaders and subordinates (Who)
    • -- in order to improve adaptability, integration, and synchronization enabling effective decisionmaking (Why)

    Knowledge Management and the Operations Process

    Knowledge management is the process of enabling knowledge flow to enhance shared understanding, learning, and decisionmaking

    Image depicts the KM process.

    Knowledge Management Bridging the Gap

    Image depicts how KM helps mission command.