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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 589-04
June 21, 2004

2004 Training Transformation Implementation Plan Approved

The Department of Defense announced today that Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz approved the 2004 DoD Training Transformation Implementation Plan (IP) to better enable joint operations. This replaces the 2003 plan as a result of the departments experience in transforming the force and from lessons learned during operations in the Global War on Terrorism.

This plan updates guidance, direction, and implementing instructions to achieve the secretarys vision of providing dynamic, capabilities-based training for the Department of Defense in support of national security requirements across the full spectrum of service, joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational operations.

The three tenets for a transformed force are: the Joint National Training Capability (JNTC), training for units, staffs and joint task forces; the Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability, joint training for individuals; and the Joint Assessment and Enabling Capability, the evaluation of our efforts to transform the departments training programs.

This document was developed using feedback from: the initial JNTC event in January; collaborative efforts with the Joint Staff, the services, U.S. Joint Forces Command and the combatant commanders; and real world operations and experience from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, said Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Readiness) Paul W. Mayberry. The 2004 IP will ensure that through T2 (Training and Transformation), the combatant commanders (COCOMs)the ultimate focal point for joint operationsreceive better prepared joint forces. In particular, the IP will help us to add the appropriate joint context to tactical and operational level training events and mission rehearsal exercises, supporting COCOMs joint operations.

This plan updates our path to reach the ultimate goal of training transformation: no individual, no unit, no staff will ever deploy without first having experienced the rigors and stress of their joint duties in a robust and realistic training environment said Dr. Mayberry.

The under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness has overall responsibility for transforming DoD training. Senior department civilian and military leaders of the T2 Executive Steering Group and T2 Senior Advisory Group assist him.

For more information about T2, refer to http://www.t2net.org/ . The 2004 Training Transformation IP has been posted at the same site.