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Internet-Based Joint Information/Training System Debuts

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2005 – Imagine a teacher who travels across the ether to students located around the world and you'd be describing DoD's new Internet- based training and information system: the Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability.

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From the left: John Allison, chief training officer, Defense Intelligence Agency; retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Anderson, president, Defense Acquisition University; Rear Adm. James Van Sice, director of reserve and training, U.S. Coast Guard; Daniel E. Gardner, director, readiness and training, policy and programs; Paul W. Mayberry, deputy undersecretary of defense for readiness; Air Force Maj. Gen. Jack J. Catton Jr., director, operational plans and joint force development, Joint Staff J-7; Maj. Gen. Thomas S. Jones, commanding general of Training and Education Command, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Brig. Gen. Louis W. Weber, director of training, Army G-3; Rear Adm. Jamie Barnett, deputy director of Naval Education and Training; and Col. James Hollingsworth, Chief, Training training and Requirements Division, U.S. Air Force, pose at the Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability demonstration at the Pentagon Feb. 22. Photo by Ger
  

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The state-of-the-art system personifies transformation and joint operations, Air Force Maj. Gen. Jack L. Catton Jr. told reporters Feb. 22 during a JKDDC demonstration at the Pentagon. Catton is the Joint Staff's director of operational plans and joint force development.

The password-controlled system -- which has both classified and unclassified sites -- will improve DoD's joint warfighting capability, Catton explained, by providing "critical joint knowledge" to servicemembers stationed stateside and overseas.

"There's power," Catton pointed out, "when you have joint knowledge available when and where the joint warfighter has the time and the need to grab it."

The JKDDC was fashioned from a merger of separate distance-learning capabilities held among the armed services including the Coast Guard and several government agencies, Catton said. Civilian experts from industry and academia also lent a hand in the creation of JKDDC.

Joint anti-terror operations and joint senior noncommissioned officers' training are among the several instruction modules that can be accessed by eligible JKDDC users before they're sent on overseas assignments, noted David L. Evans, JKDDC program director.

This capability, Evans said, can be used to reduce the need to send instructors overseas to train troops.

Shared information available on the JKDDC system also will assist DoD to focus on "total joint operations," noted Paul W. Mayberry, deputy undersecretary of defense for readiness. "What is developed in one service can be used in another service," Mayberry explained, noting the system will eventually be configured for combatant commanders' use.

JKDDC represents "a tremendous tool," Mayberry observed, that can "reach out" to provide training and information to troops from all service branches serving worldwide.

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